Facebook contractor in Seattle tests positive


An employee of the Internet company Facebook walks through the courtyard of the company campus in Menlo Park, California.

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A Facebook worker based in one of its Seattle, Washington, offices tested positive for the coronavirus, the company confirmed Wednesday evening.

“A contractor based in our Stadium East office has been diagnosed with COVID-19. We’ve notified our employees and are following the advice of public health officials to prioritize everyone’s health and safety,” a company spokesperson said. 

Facebook is closing its Stadium East office until Monday, which a spokesperson said is the end of its incubation period. The infected person was last in the office on Feb. 21. 

The company is encouraging all Seattle-based employees to work from home until March 31, based on King County’s updated guidance. Washington state has reported the largest surge of coronavirus cases in the United States. Ten people in the state have died from the flu-like virus as of Wednesday night. Health officials have reported at least 39 confirmed cases, while 231 people remain under supervision. 

This follows Tuesday’s news of the Seattle-based Amazon employee who tested positive for COVID-19. 

Amazon notified employees of the update in a memo, saying, “The employee went home feeling unwell on Tuesday, February 25 and has not entered Amazon offices since that time.”

-Ryan Ruggiero contributed to this report.


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