Amazon.com is the latest high-profile company to reveal that one of its employees has tested positive for the coronavirus, thrusting the retail giant into the unenviable pool of large companies that have had to quickly react to combat the deadly disease and its rapid spread.
An Amazon spokeswoman late Tuesday confirmed to The Wall Street Journal that an employee at its 55,000-strong Seattle headquarters had tested positive for the virus. The company said it has notified other workers who may have come into contact with the person.
Additional details including whether Amazon plans to shutter its offices weren't immediately available.
Amazon joins a growing list of companies who have been forced to fight an invisible enemy that has the potential to not only disrupt their business production capabilities, supply chains and other logistics, but also their lifeblood: their employees.
And it's not just companies that are scrambling to figure out what to do internally should the virus rear its ugly head.
Some 30,000 people have signed an online petition calling for the cancellation of Austin’s South by Southwest tech, film and music event slated to kick off March 13, with companies like Facebook (FB) - Get Report and Twitter (TWTR) - Get Report banning employees from attending.
As of Wednesday morning, organizers had not canceled the show.
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