Amazon says employee in Seattle has coronavirus and remains in quarantine

A person who works at's corporate headquarters in Seattle, Washington, has tested positive for COVID-19, said the company.

At least 20 people in the Seattle region have tested positive for COVID-19, and eight have died, state health officials said Tuesday. This area of Washington state has become the U.S. outbreak's epicenter.

Writes Monica Nickelsburg at GeekWire:

The employee went home sick on Tuesday, Feb. 25 and later tested positive for COVID-19. Amazon notified employees who came into close contact with the individual. The employee is based out of Amazon's Brazil building at 400 9th Ave N, near downtown Seattle. An Amazon spokesperson confirmed the news and said the company is "supporting the affected employee who is in quarantine."

Amazon is advising employees who are experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus to stay home and seek medical attention. The company is conducting "enhanced deep cleaning and sanitization" at the office. Amazon employs more than 50,000 people in the Seattle region, most of whom are clustered at the headquarters in South Lake Union.

[via techmeme]