An employee at Apple’s Culver City campus in southern California has tested positive for coronavirus, multiple sources tell Billboard. Some Apple employees at the campus were alerted via email on Saturday, but the office remains open.
“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,” Apple said in a statement to Billboard. “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.”
As part of its global response to the coronavirus pandemic, Apple has closed its retail stores around the world until March 27 — except for those in Greater China, where the spread of the virus is seemingly slowing down and stores have reopened — to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
In a statement last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook said Apple is moving to more “flexible work arrangements” and is asking employees to work from home if their position allows, as it rolls out health screenings and temperature checks at all of its offices. “Extensive, deep cleaning will continue at all sites,” Cook said.
The news follows confirmation that Universal Music Group chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge has been hospitalized with the coronavirus. Grainge held court at his 60th birthday party in Palm Springs on Feb. 29; attendees included Cook, Apple senior vp of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue, and music manager Irving Azoff.
Apple says it has donated $15 million to the COVID-19 global response so far, and will match employee donations two-to-one to support further response efforts around the world.