Nikol Szymul staffs a reception desk at Amazon workplaces discretely tucked into a constructing identified as Fiona in downtown Seattle, Washington on May perhaps 11, 2017.
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Amazon is inquiring workers at its Seattle and Bellevue places of work to operate from property until eventually the conclude of the month following an worker analyzed good for the coronavirus.
The firm knowledgeable workers of the alter late Wednesday, 1 day right after Amazon confirmed that an employee who works in a single of its Seattle places of work analyzed beneficial for COVID-19. Amazon is headquartered in Seattle and has workplaces in Bellevue, in which it employs extra than 2,000 individuals.
An Amazon spokesperson told CNBC in a assertion: “We are recommending that staff members in Seattle/Bellevue who are in a position to perform from dwelling do so by way of the finish of the month.”
Very last month, Amazon limited all non-vital journey in the U.S. in response to continued distribute of the coronavirus.
A number of know-how organizations have been urging their workforce to perform from residence in gentle of the coronavirus outbreak. Facebook on Thursday encouraged all of its 5,000 staff in Seattle to do the job from dwelling the rest of the month, following a employee in the area analyzed favourable for the coronavirus. Fb closed its Seattle business office till March 9.
Microsoft also urged staff members in the Bay Place and Puget Sound to perform from residence, though Twitter encouraged workforce to do the same if they can.
As of Thursday morning, there are now much more than 95,700 confirmed circumstances of the coronavirus throughout the world, with at minimum 3,280 deaths. There are at least 159 confirmed cases of the virus in the U.S., and at minimum 11 fatalities.
Washington point out has described the most significant quantity of coronavirus situations in the U.S. Ten people today in the state have died from the virus as of Wednesday evening. Heath officers have described at least 39 confirmed scenarios of the virus, though 231 people today keep on being less than supervision.