Workday canceled its internal sales conference, slated to have over 3,000 attendees, over coronavirus concerns
Workday has cancelled its annual internal sales conference due to fears of the coronavirus outbreak, according to a report from CNBC. It is now being turned into a virtual event, "out of an abundance of caution." Workday's event is just the latest in a slew of conferences that have been canceled because of fears over the coronavirus disease. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
Workday has canceled its annual internal sales conference due to fears of the coronavirus outbreak, according to a report from CNBC. This comes as many other tech companies are cancelling events in order to be cautious of a potential pandemic caused by the coronavirus disease, COVID-19. The event, called Workday Sales Kickoff, or SKO, was scheduled for March 2 through March 4 in Orlando, Florida, and was expected to have more than 3,000 attendees, the report said. It's now being turned into a virtual event. "The well-being of our employees and communities is our top priority, and out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to make our global sales kickoff a virtual experience to ensure we rally our team in the safest way possible," Workday spokesperson Jeff Shadid told CNBC. Workday makes cloud based software for human resources and other business software and hold an annual event each year for sales people to set goals for the year, which many other enterprise tech companies do as well. Workday was not immediately available for comment. Workday's event is just the latest in a slew of conferences that have been canceled because of fears over the coronavirus disease. The organizers of the Mobile World Congress, the world's largest trade show for the mobile phone industry that takes place in Barcelona, said earlier this month they would cancel the event. Facebook has canceled its Global Marketing Summit, saying it was "out of an abundance of caution." Facebook and Sony also have decided to not participate in the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco in March. Verizon, IBM and AT&T decided not to participate in the RSA conference, one of the biggest cybersecurity events of the year, in San Francisco this week. The virus has spread to every province and region in China as well at least 40 other countries, with more than 81,000 people infected worldwide. Over the weekend, South Korea, Italy and Iran reported a significant increase in cases. Based on that, earlier this week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines for businesses if the coronavirus spreads through the United States and said local communities and cities may need to "modify, postpone or cancel mass gatherings," and businesses should rely more heavily on remote work options. Got a tip? Contact this reporter via email at email@example.com or Signal at 925-364-4258. (PR pitches by email only, please.) You can also contact Business Insider securely via SecureDrop.SEE ALSO: Here are the 11 companies that experts think Microsoft could try to acquire in 2020, including Salesforce, Twilio, and Workday Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Taylor Swift is the world's highest-paid celebrity. Here's how she makes and spends her $360 million.
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Ted Cruz announces self-quarantine after interacting with a person who tested positive for coronavirus
Sen. Ted Cruz announced on Sunday that he is entering into a 14-day self-quarantine after a...Sen. Ted Cruz announced on Sunday that he is entering into a 14-day self-quarantine after a brief interaction with a person who tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. In a statement on Sunday night, Cruz said he came to the decision "out of an abundance of caution" after a person who attended the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last month tested positive for the disease. A number of White House officials — including President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence — and over 19,000 others attended the conservative yearly gathering. Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona also announced on Sunday that he would self-quarantine after he and members of his staff came into contact with the infected attendee. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Sen. Ted Cruz announced on Sunday that he is entering into a 14-day self-quarantine after a brief interaction with a person who tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. In a statement on Sunday night, Cruz said he came to the decision "out of an abundance of caution," after a person who attended the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last month tested positive for the disease. The American Conservative Union (ACU) organized the event, where a number of White House officials over 19,000 others were in attendance. The ACU announced the new coronavirus case on Saturday. "Last night, I was informed that 10 days ago at CPAC I briefly interacted with an individual who is currently symptomatic and has tested positive for COVID-19. That interaction consisted of a brief conversation and a handshake," Cruz said in a statement. Today I released the following statement: pic.twitter.com/XGXEa4ozcg — Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) March 8, 2020 "I'm not experiencing any symptoms, and I feel fine and healthy. Given that the interaction was 10 days ago, that the average incubation period is 5-6 days, that the interaction was for less than a minute, and that I have no current symptoms, the medical authorities have advised me that the odds of transmission from the other individual to me were extremely low," Cruz said. "Nevertheless, out of an abundance of caution, and because of how frequently I interact with my constituents as a part of my job and to give everyone peace of mind, I have decided to remain at my home in Texas this week, until a full 14 days have passed since the CPAC interaction," he added. President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and a number of other top cabinet members and White House officials were slated to speak at the annual gathering. According to the ACU, the attendee caught the virus prior to the conference and was later diagnosed at a New Jersey hospital. He has been placed under quarantine. Important Health Notification for CPAC 2020 participants and attendees. pic.twitter.com/NtahNO8st3 — ACU (@ACUConservative) March 7, 2020 According to the ACU, the attendee who tested positive for the virus did not interact with Trump or Pence, and did not attend events in the main hall. The group advised those who attended the conference to remain calm and listen to health professionals. Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona also announced on Sunday that he was going into self-quarantine after he and members of his staff came into contact with the infected attendee. My statement on #COVID19: pic.twitter.com/dyuq55fnBG — Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) March 9, 2020 "I have been informed that during the CPAC conference members of my staff and I came into contact with an individual who has since tested positive for, and is hospitalized for, COVID-19," Gosar said. "I was with the individual for an extended period of time, and we shook hands several times." "I am not currently experiencing any symptoms, nor is any member of my staff. However, in order to prevent any potential transmission, I will remain at my home in Arizona until the conclusion of the 14-day period following my interaction with this individual," he said. "Additionally, out of an abundance of caution, I am closing my office in Washington, D.C. for the week and my team will follow the previously approved Tele-commute plan," he added. As of Sunday, 21 people in the US have died from the coronavirus: 18 in Washington state, two in Florida, and one in California. The US has reported at least 547 coronavirus cases in total across 33 states. 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A petition calling for the cancellation of South by Southwest (SXSW), an annual media festival in...A petition calling for the cancellation of South by Southwest (SXSW), an annual media festival in Austin, Texas, over COVID-19 fear has received nearly 10,000 signatures. SXSW officials said on Friday the event, which last year brought in more than 73,000 people, would go on as scheduled, citing guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO). Facebook last week canceled its largest annual conference, which was scheduled for May. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A Change.org petition on Sunday calling for the cancellation of South by Southwest, an annual media festival scheduled to take place March 13-22, is rapidly growing in signatures amid increasing fear of the spread of COVID-19. "I'm concerned about the hundreds of thousands of people who will be traveling to austin Texas[sic] in march for the SXSW festival," the Change.org petition author, Shayla Lee, wrote in the petition addressed to SXSW, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, the Austin Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control. "I believe that having an event like this is irresponsible amid an outbreak." The petition received nearly 10,000 signatures by Sunday evening. On February 28, SXSW posted an update to its website that told people the event would go on as planned, citing guidance from the World Health Organization. "The SXSW 2020 event is proceeding as planned," a statement posted to the website on Friday said. "The World Health Organization's recommendation is that travelers practice usual precautions, and we are increasing our efforts to help prevent the spread of disease per Austin Public Health's recommendations. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will provide updates as necessary. There are 11 cases of the coronavirus reported in San Antonio, Texas, according to Click2Houston. All of the cases are evacuees from locations that experienced outbreaks, including nine passengers from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, one from a group of quarantined passengers from Wuhan, China, and one who was transferred from the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, California. According to the Texas Department of Health and Human Services, no cases have been reported in the state beyond the evacuees at the military facility. A total of 145 people are under quarantine at the Joint Base San Antonio Lackland, according to Click2Houston. The CDC reported the first coronavirus-related death in the US on Saturday: a Washington state man in his 50s who had other health issues that complicated the infection. There are also reports of "community spread," meaning infected individuals contacted the virus without visiting an area with an outbreak, like China. According to data released by SXSW, more than 73,000 people attended the 2019 conference. The coronavirus has resulted in the cancelations of conferences, concerts, and events across the globe and cancellations are only likely to grow as the disease spreads worldwide. As Business Insider previously reported, Facebook canceled F8 on Thursday, its largest annual conference, which was scheduled for May. "In light of the growing concerns around COVID-19, we've made the difficult decision to cancel the in-person component of F8 this year, in order to prioritize the health and safety of our developer partners, employees and everyone who helps put F8 on," a Facebook statement said. As Deadline reported, the annual Game Developers Conference, Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, are just some major events canceled over worries surrounding COVID-19. Productions of movies and television shows have been suspended, and a decision over the 2020 Olympics in Japan could be made in May, according to the Deadline report. SXSW did not immediately return Business Insider's request for comment. Read more: The World Health Organization joined TikTok to post 'reliable' advice about the coronavirus amid a stream of memes and misinformation WHO director says there's a need to prepare for a 'pandemic' but global markets should 'calm down' as coronavirus wreaks havoc on the global economy We don't have any good treatments for the novel coronavirus right now, but scientists are racing to change that Trump's efforts to muzzle health officials and downplay coronavirus mirror the tactics of an authoritarian regime, experts sayJoin the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: How autopilot on an airplane works