Fred Hutchinson Center initiates mandatory work-from-home policy as outbreak roils businesses, conferences
Slowly but surely, dominoes are falling.
As death and case counts rise in Washington and cases continue to pop up around the country, the emerging US coronavirus outbreak is disrupting work schedules, jeopardizing medical conferences and forcing businesses and research institutes to clear out their offices and force employees to work from home for weeks.
In the Seattle area, where 10 of the 11 US coronavirus deaths have taken place, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has initiated a mandatory work-from-home policy for everyone but “essential, on-campus staff” that will last at least through the end of the month. Their decision followed a King County public health recommendation, and they will be joined by the Seattle-based tech giants, among other companies. Both Amazon and Microsoft instituted similar policies.
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