Keysight Technologies closes Santa Rosa campus over worries that worker was exposed to coronavirus
Keysight Technologies, the county’s third-largest employer with about 1,500 workers, Thursday said it was closing indefinitely its Santa Rosa campus over worries one of its employees may have been exposed to coronavirus.
It’s believed to be the first local company to shut down because of spread of the infectious disease that has stricken 215 people in the United States and more than 98,000 people worldwide as of Thursday night.
The announcement came hours after Sonoma County health officials said a second local resident on the Grand Princess ship was diagnosed with the potentially deadly virus.
The unidentified employee, who is at home under self-quarantine with flu-like symptoms, was a passenger on the 10-day cruise from San Francisco to Mexico in February, the same voyage with two passengers locally who have tested positive for the virus, a Keysight spokeswoman said. The Keysight employee is receiving medical treatment and awaiting testing for COVID-19, the spokeswoman said.
“In an overabundance of caution, Keysight has decided to temporarily close the Santa Rosa campus until further notice,” Keysight spokeswoman Denise Idone said. “Employees will be working from home while the site is thoroughly cleaned prior to reopening.”
Idone stressed the importance of being able to test locally for coronavirus. “More test kits would be beneficial to everyone,” she said.
A passenger list of the Grand Princess, which is part of the Princess Cruises’ fleet, provided to county officials Wednesday listed 78 Sonoma County residents on the cruise, which embarked Feb. 11 from the Port of San Francisco to Mexico and returned Feb. 21. County public health officials said they would be contacting all of those passengers.