Amazon employee tests positive for coronavirus

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FILE – This Sept. 6, 2012 file photo shows the Amazon logo in Santa Monica, Calif. Amazon has signed a lease for a new office space in Manhattan that will house more than 1,500 employees, less than a year after pulling out of a deal for a larger headquarters in the borough of Queens after politicians and activists objected to nearly $3 billion in incentives. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

SEATTLE – An Amazon employee in Seattle has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, The Seattle Times reports.

The person who contracted the illness, also known as COVID-19, works in Amazon’s Brazil office building near downtown Seattle, according to a message to staff viewed by the paper.

The unidentified employee is now in quarantine after leaving work feeling ill on Feb. 25, Amazon said.

The retail behemoth encouraged employees experiencing symptoms to stay home and get evaluated by a medical professional. Amazon assured staff it is “continuing with enhancing cleaning and sanitization in the office.”

Community spread of COVID-19 in Washington led to the first U.S. death from the illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The dangerous respiratory disease has been found in nearly 70 locations internationally.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include fever, cough and shortness of breath. See the CDC website for more information.

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