Cisco is closing a building at its massive Silicon Valley campus after a worker was exposed to the coronavirus — read the email to employees (CSCO)

  • Cisco told its employees that a worker at its Silicon Valley headquarters was in “close contact” with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
  • A spokesperson confirmed that Cisco closed the building where the employee worked and said employees were told earlier this week they could work from home if they were more comfortable.
  • Read the email Cisco sent to employees about the exposure and its next steps below.
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Cisco has alerted its workforce that one of its employees was exposed to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. The employee did not have symptoms and has not been diagnosed with the disease, according to an internal email seen by Business Insider.

The employee works out of Cisco’s massive Silicon Valley headquarters, which spans San Jose, California, and the neighboring town of Milpitas, in Building 24 on the campus. A spokesperson for Cisco told Business Insider that Building 24 has been closed and that the company earlier this week began allowing employees to work from home if they were more comfortable that way. 

Cisco has about 39,000 full-time employees in the US, many of them based in and around its headquarters.

Meanwhile, Cisco’s videoconferencing unit, WebEx, is trying to help companies cope with their own workforces working at home en masse. Its WebEx unit is offering free 30-day licenses to use the video-chat and conferencing tool.

Here’s the email sent on Friday from Fran Katsoudas, Cisco’s chief people officer:

Team,

The outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in California is top of mind for us all, and we appreciate how concerning it can be to hear there are cases so close to home.

Late last night we were alerted to a situation where a Cisco employee has recently been in close contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19. This employee’s place of work is SJC Building 24.

While our employee is not displaying any symptoms, your safety, and that of our customers and partners, is our priority. Later today, we will send an email to all employees globally to update you further on the Coronavirus situation and our recommendations.

To help guide you and answer your most pressing questions, we are organizing a live update and Q&A session with our Corporate Medical Directors at 1pm PT that you can join remotely. An invitation will follow shortly.

Please refer to Chuck’s message to all staff from earlier this week on how as a company we are responding to this situation, and continue to check the Pandemic Planning employee community regularly for updates. It is important that we all observe this guidance, which is in place to help keep us all safe.

Fran

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