COVID-19 (coronavirus) positive was found to be an Apple employee in Los Angeles. The employee previously worked at Culver City offices of Apple, says “Variety.”
Apple’s spokesperson also verified in a statement that “A team member in our Culver City office has informed us they tested positive for COVID-19. The individual had no symptoms when they were last in the office and remains in self-isolation at home.”
We recognize this is a challenging time for our global community and our thoughts remain with those around the world personally affected by COVID-19 and the heroic medical professionals and researchers fighting it,” the spokesperson added.
Other Apple staff members at the office were advised to take necessary precaution. “The news comes a day after the news broke that Universal Music Chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge has been hospitalized after testing positive for coronavirus,” said the report. Apple CEO Tim Cook, senior vice president Eddy Cue and veteran music manager Irving Azoff has reportedly attended Grainge’s 60th birthday celebration on February 29 in Palm Springs.
Cook announced last week that they would temporarily close all retail outlets outside China until March 27, along with contributing $15 million to assist with global recovery. Cook said at all workplaces, “we are moving to flexible work arrangements worldwide outside of China”.
Cook also said “That means team members should work remotely if their job allows, and those whose work requires them to be on-site should follow guidance to maximize interpersonal space. Extensive, deep cleaning will continue at all sites. In all our offices, we are rolling out new health screenings and temperature checks.” He further added that “We’re also announcing that we are matching our employee donations two-to-one to support COVID-19 response efforts locally, nationally, and internationally.”