This is the first in a series of alerts addressing workplace issues in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an upper respiratory tract disease first identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019. According to the World Health Organization (www.who.int), as of March 12, 2020, there are at least 124,518 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (and over 4,607 deaths) in 118 countries or territories. The Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) report 938 cases of COVID-19 (29 deaths) spanning 38 states and the District of Columbia, with the highest number of cases in California, New York, and Washington. The number of cases changes daily, as does government officials’ responses to and public anxiety over what the WHO has now labeled a pandemic.