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COVID-19 : Motorola Penang Evacuation Clarified!

Rumours and pictures have been circulating on social media about the evacuation of Motorola Penang due to a COVID-19 infection.

That’s not exactly accurate though… Here was what we found out!

Updated @ 2020-03-10 : Added a statement by Motorola Solutions, confirming that their employee was confirmed to be COVID-19 positive.

Originally posted @ 2020-03-09


Motorola Solutions Confirms COVID-19 Infection

Motorola Solutions director of communications (APAC and International Commercial Markets) Damien Batey confirmed that, stating that,

All our staff in Penang will work from home for the next two weeks and all necessary actions are being taken for them to return after that time. Additionally, all of our facilities are bering sanitised.


COVID-19 : Motorola Penang Evacuation

When we received the first photos and video, it was “reported” that Motorola Solutions Penang was evacuated due to a suspected COVID-19 case.

The pictures were not really indicative of a mass evacuation, but we soon received confirmation that Motorola Solutions Penang did evacuate their employees.


COVID-19 : Motorola Penang Evacuation Clarified!

Although all social media comments seemed to claim that an employee was suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19, we received the official email Motorola Solutions sent to their employees :

Mar. 9, 2020

COVID-19 Update [URGENT]

We have learnt of an engineer who have recently gotten in contact with a positive COVID-19 patient in KL. While there is no conclusive result at this point, as a safety precaution, the Site Steering Council has decided that all employees and associates should work from home today. All planned events and activities will be cancelled. All meetings should be over Hangout only. Employees and associates must bring their laptops home to resume their work as much as they can.

In tandem, a full site sanitisation will be conducted across all our Penang facilities.

An updated ECOM will be out by 5pm today to determine if employees and associates are allowed to return to work tomorrow. Stay tuned for subsequent updates through ECOMs.

From what we understand, an engineer was probably identified as a close contact of a COVID-19 case. This doesn’t mean he/she is COVID-19 positive, or negative, for the matter.

But as a safety precaution, Motorola Solutions decided to send everyone home so they can properly sanitise all their Penang sites. That sounds like a really smart move to make. Well done, Motorola Solutions.

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