An Amazon employee is confirmed to have coronavirus

Mar 3 2020, 7:31 pm

King County now has 21 cases of COVID-19, one of them an Amazon employee.

The unnamed employee is based out of the company’s Brazil (SEA53) building, according to an internal memo sent out to Amazon employees.

The employee supposedly went home feeling unwell on Tuesday, February 25, and hasn’t returned to Amazon’s premises since. Amazon has notified employees who have been in close contact with the person.

On Saturday, after the first reported coronavirus-linked death of a Kirkland man in his 50s, Gov. Jay Inslee issued a statewide emergency declaration.

Washingtonians have since been treating the virus as a pandemic, panic buying through shops and notifying medical personnel when they feel the need to be tested.

Public Health Officials in King County have announced that they are planning to create an isolation community for those infected, as well as modular housing to help get homeless persons off the streets. In the same press conference, it was revealed that The University of Washington will start testing for COVID-19 tomorrow.

So far, Washington is the only state in the US with reported deaths due to coronavirus.

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