UPDATE: As of Wednesday morning, the two Citi employees thought to be “coronavirus contacts” are not, according to Citi.
“While we took precautionary measures, after consulting with the San Mateo Department of Health, it has been determined that these two employees didn’t have direct contact with anyone of concern and normal operations have resumed,” wrote Jennifer Lowney, a Citi spokesperson, in an email statement.
The San Mateo Department of Health says it cannot comment on individual cases due to patient privacy concerns, but that contact investigations may reach out to employers if appropriate..
While there are still no confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus in San Francisco yet, two employees at one major employer have been designated as “coronavirus contacts” according to an email obtained by SF Weekly.
On Monday, Barker Pacific Group, the building management at One Sansome, sent an email out to tenants of the building about the situation.
“It was reported to Building Management yesterday late afternoon that two employees on the 23rd floor are coronavirus ‘contacts,’” wrote building General Manager Jim Albrecht in the email. “They have no reported signs or symptoms of coronavirus but are defined as ‘contacts’ of someone who is diagnosed with coronavirus in Northern California.”
“We were told the two employees classified as ‘contacts’ were sent home and will not return until they are cleared to return to work,” the email says. “My understanding is that the process takes 14 days.”
Citigroup is listed as the 23rd floor tenant according to the building directory. Citigroup occupies the 22nd through 27th floors in the 41 story building.
Albrecht declined to comment further about the situation. The email goes on to say that Citigroup (“the tenant”) has hired a company to disinfect the floor.
Citigroup employs more than 1,700 people in San Francisco, according to their website (although it does not specify how many employees work on the six floors of One Sansome).
The lack of a San Francisco-based case of coronavirus hasn’t stopped major conventions like the Game Developers Conference from getting canceled.
The symptoms of coronavirus include a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Health officials have recommended washing your hands (and do so for at least 20 seconds when you do), staying home if you’re sick, and getting a flu shot.