Microsoft Says Two of Its Employees Have Been Diagnosed With Coronavirus

Microsoft has been taking a number of actions to protect its employees from the coronavirus outbreak. The company recently started encouraging employees to work from home, for example.

However, due to the recent outbreak of coronavirus in the Washington state, two of Microsoft employees have been diagnosed with coronavirus, the software maker confirmed earlier this morning.

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CNBC reports that both of the affected employees are based in Puget Sound, which is where Microsoft’s Redmond HQ is located. One of the affected employees works on the LinkedIn team, which is owned by Microsoft.

Both of the employees are in quarantine now, and Microsoft is taking actions to ensure more employees do not come in contact with the virus. “Local health experts have determined that this individual had no known contact with other employees while infected and, based on that fact, there is no risk to those who work at LinkedIn from this case,”  a LinkedIn spokesperson said.

Amazon also reported an employee testing positive for coronavirus earlier this month, and one of Facebook’s contractors also tested positive for the virus.

Microsoft announced on Thursday that the company will continue to pay hourly workers their wages, even though there’s less on-site presence needed from the hourly works due to more employees working from home. Microsoft said the company will continue to pay all 4,500 of its hourly works in Puget Sound their regular wages, even if their work hours are reduced. This is a brilliant move from the firm, and it’s exactly how these big corporations should be supporting their employees and the local community at this time.

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  • madthinus

    Premium Member
    06 March, 2020 - 7:20 am

    <p>Not a tech story…</p>

    • irfaanwahid

      06 March, 2020 - 7:41 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#527025">In reply to madthinus:</a></em></blockquote><p>It's a Microsoft related story..</p>

    • Mehedi Hassan

      Premium Member
      06 March, 2020 - 7:47 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#527025">In reply to madthinus:</a></em></blockquote><p><br></p><p>Microsoft is not a tech company?</p>

    • Paul Thurrott

      Premium Member
      06 March, 2020 - 9:08 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#527025">In reply to madthinus:</a></em></blockquote><p>Guys. There is no need for anyone to justify writing about this topic. Clearly we need to cover this.</p>

      • skolvikings

        06 March, 2020 - 3:01 pm

        <blockquote><em><a href="#527040">In reply to paul-thurrott:</a></em></blockquote><p>I get both points of view though because the hype over coronavirus is borderline absurd. I live in a low population state, and my small state has had more influenza deaths this year than the entire USA has had coronavirus deaths. But yeah, it's Microsoft, so obviously…</p>

        • Aurand

          Premium Member
          06 March, 2020 - 8:37 pm

          <blockquote><em><a href="#527128">In reply to Skolvikings:</a></em></blockquote><p><br></p><p>Would you like to come to Seattle for a visit and see the hype? I have a spare bedroom.</p>

        • Paul Thurrott

          Premium Member
          07 March, 2020 - 7:14 am

          No one here is hyping the coronavirus.

    • ben lee

      Premium Member
      06 March, 2020 - 11:49 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#527025">In reply to madthinus:</a></em></blockquote><p>COVID-19 is probably the biggest story in tech right now. It could change the entire world supply chain and be a massive experiment in mass remote working. </p>

  • jaredthegeek

    Premium Member
    06 March, 2020 - 9:34 am

    <p>There is still an big and unknown impact looming. My buddy that works at Google got an email last night encouraging him to work from home through the end of the month. </p>

    • red.radar

      Premium Member
      06 March, 2020 - 10:55 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#527041">In reply to jaredthegeek:</a></em></blockquote><p>When the dust settles I really would love to know what people’s productivity was like with so many working from home. </p><p><br></p><p>Even in technology I find that only so much can be done from home because you need access to tools and resources on site. </p><p><br></p><p>Curious if this event provokes an acceleration of working from home. </p><p><br></p><p>great time to generate case studies on the topic. </p><p><br></p>

      • lvthunder

        Premium Member
        06 March, 2020 - 11:17 am

        <blockquote><em><a href="#527055">In reply to red.radar:</a></em></blockquote><p>That all depends on what your job entails and how you handle working from home. Some people don't like it because you are isolated all the time. Some people thrive because they don't get disturbed as much.</p>

  • JH_Radio

    Premium Member
    06 March, 2020 - 10:22 am

    <p>And even if you disagree with Thurrott covering it, everybody else is gonna. and yeah they do have to cover it, I agree with this. </p>

    • Paul Thurrott

      Premium Member
      07 March, 2020 - 7:22 am


      This has nothing to do with whatever others are reporting. This virus is impacting our industry in major ways. And it is impacting Microsoft specifically. We’ll report on that as required.

      We’re not going to turn into Coronavirus Daily like your local news. And we are most certainly not going to debate facts.

  • eric_rasmussen

    Premium Member
    06 March, 2020 - 10:25 am

    <p>It's good to see Microsoft doing the right thing for their employees and the surrounding communities. I hope most companies will act like this, it's the only way we're going to be able to stop the spread.</p>

  • lvthunder

    Premium Member
    06 March, 2020 - 11:20 am

    <blockquote><em><a href="#527034">In reply to red.radar:</a></em></blockquote><p>I don't think it's a low information story. They can't release more details then that because of the employee's privacy. I also find it sad that their employees are sick. Seeing stories about what companies are doing will help the good ideas spread to other employers more quickly.</p>

  • madthinus

    Premium Member
    06 March, 2020 - 11:22 am

    <blockquote><em><a href="#527034">In reply to red.radar:</a></em></blockquote><p>Thank you. Every major company is likely to have people that is impacted by this virus. Reporting every case is not the story I would consider a tech news story. How companies respond is. The fact that they send people home or offer products and trials for programs that is normally paid is fine. Those points are valid tech news stories. This, to my view is not. Are you going to write about every person at every tech company that is sick? Anyway, my view, my feedback. No need to respond, if you disagree, that is fine, down vote. </p>

  • bls

    Premium Member
    06 March, 2020 - 7:51 pm

    <p>Thanks for covering this. Living near Kirkland Ground Zero, we're very concerned about the coronavirus, primarily in terms of inadvertantly catching it from someone's virus droppings in a public location (store, etc).</p><p><br></p><p>This is real. And really serious.</p><p><br></p><p>As someone who has worked with Microsoft a lot in the past, has friends that work at Microsoft, and is a Microsoft shareholder, I'm quite impressed with their proactive stance on addressing this health crisis.</p><p><br></p><p>And, it's absolutely a technology story. Perhaps not at this very minute. But, as the days and weeks grind on dealing with coronavirus in this country (and yes, I'm afraid it's going to be a story for longer than we'd like), Microsoft's steps here could ultimately result in innovative new technology to make WAH even more effective in the future.</p>

  • Dale Griffin

    Premium Member
    07 March, 2020 - 11:20 am

    <p>Paul</p><p>Just remember the person who is never criticized is the person who does nothing. </p><p>Keep on keeping on…..</p>


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