Apple sending care packages to staff quarantined by coronavirus
Apple is sending quarantined staff in Wenzhou and Hubei care packages that include an iPad, face masks, a bottle of hand sanitizer and food, according to details shared on Chinese social network Weibo as parts of Apple’s workforce remain in quarantine as a result of the coronavirus.
Shared by MacRumors, Apple is enclosing a letter within the staff “CareKit” which says “a series of counselling and consultation services” will be available for staff upon their return, and the free iPad included within the package “can be used to facilitate children’s online learning or help pass the time during the prolonged stay away from home.
While retail stores across the country are beginning to slowly reopen, many staff have been forced into isolation, some of which would presumably be employees based outside of China who were in the country visiting suppliers and manufacturing facilities as the virus hit.
The post on Weibo doesn’t specifically say what employees are receiving care packages, but a copy of the letter can be found below…
“Dear Colleagues in Hubei and Wenzhou,
We hope this note finds you heathy and well. Since the last communication with you, we understand that you are all staying strong in this challenging time. We understand the difficulties you are facing and would like to provide our best support to you and your families. Hubei and the city of Wuhan have been hit hardest by the coronavirus outbreak, which has now claimed 2,835 lives in China.
We are sending our best wishes to you, on behalf of the entire Apple Team, together with another CareKit for you and your families. In the kit, you will find comfort items and an iPad which can be used to facilitate children’s online learning or help pass the time during the prolonged stay at home.
In addition, a series of counselling and consultation services have been prepared especially for you to help you through this time.”