- Nintendo’s American headquarters in Redmond, Washington – just outside of Seattle – is the latest place where coronavirus is showing up.
- At least one employee at Nintendo’s Redmond offices has tested positive, the Seattle Times reported on Thursday night.
- That employee reportedly had contact with other staff members, and all the parties involves are in self-quarantine.
- “Nintendo of America is supporting this individual as they recover,” the company said in a statement, “ and will continue to take precautions to safeguard the health and well-being of all our employees and the broader community.”
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Nintendo employees at the company’s Redmond, Washington, headquarters are the latest group to feel the impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
An employee at the company’s headquarters has tested positive for the disease, and that employee reportedly had contact with other staff.
Those staff members are all in self-quarantine, according to a report in the Seattle Times on Thursday evening, and the company confirmed that all of its employees in Washington and California are currently able to work from home.
“Nintendo of America is supporting this individual as they recover,” the company said, “and will continue to take precautions to safeguard the health and well-being of all our employees and the broader community.”
It’s unclear the affected employee’s role at Nintendo America, but the company’s American arm is mostly focused on localisation and marketing to the North American audience. The company’s legendary “Treehouse” group is based out of Nintendo’s Redmond offices – the group that’s known for converting Nintendo’s notoriously quirky characters from Japanese icons into international brands.
Nintendo is far from the only major company with staff that have tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease, known as COVID-19. Microsoft and Amazon have each had employees with confirmed cases. The three companies have headquarters in Washington State, which has had the the most cases of infection and the most deaths of any state in the United States. Overall, more than 135,000 people around the world have been sickened by the virus, and more than 4,900 people have died, most of those in China. The US has had at least 1,600 confirmed cases, with 41 deaths.
Here is Nintendo’s full statement:
“We have learned that an employee working at Nintendo of America in Redmond has been diagnosed with COVID-19, and we have alerted and are working with public health authorities. We have determined that the individual had contact with other employees and we have notified those employees to the situation. All impacted employees are now self-quarantining, whether they are experiencing symptoms or not. Nintendo of America is supporting this individual as they recover and will continue to take precautions to safeguard the health and well-being of all our employees and the broader community.
As previously announced, Nintendo of America has taken the precautionary step to allow NOA employees in the states of California and Washington the opportunity to work from home. We are continuing to closely monitor COVID-19 developments and share our concerns and support for those affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.”