An Intel employee who was recently on a business trip at the Intel Chandler campus has tested positive for coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, according to an Intel spokesperson.

Linda Qian, communications manager at Intel said in an email the employee is no longer in Arizona and Intel is "informing other employees who may have been exposed."

Qian said Intel was not disclosing from where the employee traveled, the date of when the person was in Chandler or when the person tested positive.

"We wish our employee a speedy recovery," Qian said. "The health and wellbeing of our workers and visitors are our top priorities."

Qian said Intel will cooperate with local health authorities as needed and are working to ensure all personnel have the resources and information they need to stay safe. Qian said as a precaution the company has implemented travel restrictions to areas significantly impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. In a letter to suppliers updated March 9, Intel stated personnel must not travel to, from, or through mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Italy, Iran, Germany, Spain, France, the United Kingdom, the United States, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Belgium, Norway and Austria.


The company operates offices in the United States, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, United Kingdom and Vietnam.

Intel has roughly 12,000 Arizona employees.

According to data from the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, 84 people in Arizona have been tested and two have been confirmed as positive. One was travel-related and another was contracted person-to-person, according to the department. As of March 10, there were four presumptive positive cases and 27 tests pending.

This story will be updated.