Google bars visitors in Seattle, allows employees to work remotely amid coronavirus outbreak

Inside the lobby of Google Cloud’s new building in Seattle. (GeekWire Photo / James Thorne)

Employees at Google’s Washington state offices were given the option to work from home this week amid a coronavirus outbreak in the Seattle region.

    • Google also asked employees not to bring external visitors into the company’s offices in Washington, though they remain open to employees who choose not to work remotely.
    • The tech giant is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area but has more than 4,500 employees in Seattle. There were 27 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus in Washington state as of Wednesday morning and nine deaths.
    • Google’s new cloud computing outpost that opened in October is blocks from Amazon’s headquarters, where an employee who tested positive for the virus is based.

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