Facebook shuts Seattle office after contractor gets coronavirus

Facebook has temporarily shuttered its Seattle office after a contractor tested positive for coronavirus, the company confirmed in a statement.

“A contractor based in our Stadium East office has been diagnosed with the COVID-19,” a spokeswoman said in the emailed statement late Wednesday.

“We’ve notified our employees and are following the advice of public health officials to prioritize everyone’s health and safety,” the statement insisted, according to Bloomberg, which first reported the case.

The unidentified employee was last in the office on Feb. 21 and the office will be closed until Monday, according to Bloomberg.

However, employees in Seattle are also being encouraged to work from home until the end of the month as Washington remains the US state hit hardest by the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Evergreen State reported its 10th death on Wednesday, with 39 confirmed cases, the Washington State Health Department said.

Facebook is not the only tech giant to be hit, with Amazon having confirmed Tuesday that an employee at its South Lake Union tech hub in Seattle had also tested positive. Two other Amazon employees have been infected in Milan, Italy.

Like Facebook, Amazon is also recommending Seattle employees to work from home through the end of the month.

With Post wires

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