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CH Robinson Asks Seattle Employees To Telecommute As Coronavirus Spreads

As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Seattle creeps ominously upward, C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHRW) has asked all employees in the local office to work from home.

Benzinga · 03/05/2020 21:55

As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Seattle creeps ominously upward, C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHRW) has asked all employees in the local office to work from home. The logistics company directive dovetails with King County officials' Wednesday recommendation that employees of Seattle companies work at home to halt the spread of COVID-19.

"Throughout the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the safety and security of our employees and their families continues to be our main priority," C.H. Robinson said in an emailed statement Thursday.

"We are exercising an abundance of caution and are asking all Seattle employees to work from home per the recommendation from public health officials in King County, WA."

Spokesperson Kristin Marchiafava declined to reveal how many employees work in the Seattle office. But C.H. Robinson is not the only Puget Sound logistics company impacted by the spread of the virus in Seattle, which has emerged as the epicenter of the outbreak in the United States.

On Tuesday, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced that an employee had tested positive for the coronavirus and on Wednesday advised employees not to come into the office.

"We are recommending that employees in Seattle/Bellevue who are able to work from home do so through the end of the month," an Amazon spokesperson told FreightWaves.

A spokesperson for Convoy, the digital solutions startup headquartered in Seattle, said the company would issue a statement on the virus later today.

Washington state has reported the largest number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. Health officials as of Thursday afternoon had reported at least 70 confirmed cases. Ten people in the state have died from the virus, while 231 remain under supervision.

C.H. Robinson remains "fully operational" globally, according to the emailed statement. "Our people around the world are working hard to continue to deliver goods and help people who are impacted by this situation. They are leveraging our technology and global infrastructure to continue to support both our customers and contract carriers."

This is a developing story.

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