Amazon is recommending that its employees in New York City and New Jersey work from home as the coronavirus continues to spread.
The company advised employees on Monday to work remotely beginning March 10 until the end of the month. The Wall Street Journal was the first to report the news.
There are 142 confirmed cases of coronavirus in New York state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Monday, including 20 cases in New York City. Mayor Bill de Blasio has asked all New Yorkers to consider working from home.
An employee at Amazon’s corporate office in New York told Business Insider that the company has recommended all employees who work in a role that can be done from home do so through the end of the month. The company has more than 8,000 employees across its tech hub and fulfillment centers in New York City, according to The Wall Street Journal.
“The email left it a little open ended as far as working with your manager to establish expectations,” the employee, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Business Insider. “But direction from my senior manager to our team was pretty clear that we should not come in this week and would re-evaluate at the end of week.”
“We continue to work closely with public and private medical experts to ensure we are taking the right precautions as the situation continues to evolve,” an Amazon spokesperson told Business Insider in an email. “This includes recommending that employees who are able to work from home in Seattle/Bellevue, the Bay Area, New York, New Jersey and the Lombardy region/Asti province of Italy do so through the end of March.”
The coronavirus, which began in Wuhan, China, more than two months ago, causes a respiratory disease known as COVID-19. Cases have been recorded in more than 100 countries, more than 111,000 people have been infected, and more than 3,900 people have died from the virus. Though the vast majority of cases are in China, nearly 770 deaths have been reported outside of mainland China, including 22 in the US.
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