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COVID-19 Is In EY NYC Offices

From the tipline (thanks, tipster!) we have this email that went out to EY staff this afternoon. Last we heard there was a KPMG employee affected in Northern Virginia who visited EY offices but this is new.

Dear all Tri-state EY people,
There has been a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) with an EY employee who works at both the 5 Times Square and Hoboken offices. This individual has not been in any EY office since they were exposed to the virus nor interacted with any EY people or clients so we do not believe there is any exposure (or contact) risk to our people. The individual is currently receiving the appropriate medical assistance. As you can imagine, this is a sensitive and stressful time for them and their family. We are keeping in communication with them and will provide support through EY Assist.
Your safety and well-being, and the well-being of those around you, remain our primary concern. Per Kelly’s email yesterday we fully support working from home if you are comfortable with that arrangement and your role allows. If you are in a role where your work requires you to work in-person with your clients with any level of frequency, please work with your engagement leader to determine the best course of action to meet expectations while also ensuring safety and well-being.
Please be aware that our New York area and Hoboken offices are open and fully operational and have been deep cleaned and continue to be cleaned nightly.
Please continue to adhere to best practice guidance issued by the WHO to reduce exposure to and transmission of illness including:
Clean hands frequently and use an alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing with a fixed elbow or tissue – dispense of tissues and wash hands immediately
Avoid close contact with anyone who has a cough or a fever
Please refer to the COVID-19 guidance page on the Global Security Portal that contains all our guidance, including general and client FAQs, travel advice and other useful information.
We will continue to monitor the situation and advise you of any significant developments.

Richard Jeannere

Stay safe, people!