Staffers at New York Magazine and The Cut were among the Vox Media workers sent home today after a non-Vox employee working in the same downtown Manhattan building tested positive for the coronavirus.
A Vox representative confirmed to WWD that the Vox office, located at 250 Vesey Street, will be closed until March 12. In the meantime, staffers will work remotely.
“We learned today that a non-Vox Media employee in the 250 Vesey Street building tested positive for COVID-19,” she said. “Out of an abundance of caution, we are closing the Vox Media offices at 250 Vesey Street until Thursday, March 12, to thoroughly clean and disinfect. We will closely monitor developments to determine whether to reopen on Thursday. The health and safety of our employees is our number-one concern.”
Vox purchased the 51-year-old, biweekly New York Magazine in September. As part of the deal, it also got its hands on New York Media’s five other brands — Vulture, The Cut, Intelligencer, The Strategist and Grub Street. It already owned Vox, Eater, Curbed, SB Nation, The Verge, Polygon and Recode.
According to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the total number of COVID-19 cases in New York is 142. This is the largest number in any U.S. state and includes executive director of the Port Authority Rick Cotton.
These statistics came as New York Mayor Bill de Blasio urged New Yorkers to work remotely where possible as officials attempt to combat the deadly virus that began in China and has since spread to various countries around the world.
“For a business that can allow more employees to telecommute, we want you to do that,” he said in a briefing Monday. “We simply want to reduce the number of people on mass transit just to open up some more space,” he added.
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