People pass a sign for JPMorgan Chase at it’s headquarters in Manhattan, New York City.
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JPMorgan Chase said that two employees at its headquarters in New York City had the coronavirus, the first confirmed instances at the biggest U.S. bank.
The company said that two separate cases were found recently, and that colleagues who worked near the employees were told to work from home to minimize the risk of further contagion.
“Both individuals have been home since earlier this week and are receiving medical treatment and we are providing full support in their recovery,” said Brian Marchiony, a spokesman for the bank. “They are both doing well at this time.”
JPMorgan is the latest financial firm to report its first cases of coronavirus in the New York metro area as Gov. Cuomo takes steps to address the pandemic. New York now has the most confirmed cases of any state in the nation, the governor said earlier today in a press conference.
Citigroup said earlier today that an employee tested positive while traveling abroad, and Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and other firms have disclosed cases. Banks have been preparing for this sent employees to backup sites and created rotating shifts of teams who work from home.
“We are deep cleaning within appropriate margins of their work areas over and above the enhanced daily cleaning protocols that have been in place for some time,” Marchiony added.