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Trupanion empties Seattle HQ during outbreak

Most employees are telecommuting to protect their health and to continue to serve policyholders.

Trupanion empties Seattle HQ during outbreak

Pet health insurer Trupanion has joined other Seattle companies, like Google, Amazon and Microsoft, in asking employees to work from home during the coronavirus outbreak.

Nearly all of the 500 people who normally commute to Trupanion’s headquarters are doing their jobs remotely in an effort to help stop the virus’ spread.

“We have recommended that employees work from home and have set everyone up in order to do so,” spokesman Michael Nank said. “Some may choose to work from the office … and the number may fluctuate day to day.”

The first confirmed U.S. case of the coronavirus known as COVID-19 involved a man living north of Seattle. He was treated and has fully recovered, according to news reports.

Trupanion employs about 1,000 people across four countries.

“We … want to reassure existing members, as well as pet owners enrolling new pets, that if and when their pet becomes sick or injured, we will be here for them,” said Margi Tooth, Trupanion’s chief revenue officer.

Health officials have not found any evidence that cats and dogs can contract or spread COVID-19.

“Our data does not show any negative impact to pets from COVID-19,” Tooth said.

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