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State Farm corporate office in Tempe closes after employee tests positive for coronavirus

The Marina Heights facility on Rio Salado Parkway in Tempe usually houses 7,500 workers.

State Farm's corporate office in Tempe was closed Tuesday evening after an employee tested positive for the coronavirus, a spokesperson for the company said. 

Employees who work at the Marina Heights facility on Rio Salado Parkway in Tempe were sent home and have transitioned to working from home. There are usually 7,500 workers at the facility. 

Building 4, where the employee worked, was immediately closed and disinfected when the employee tested positive for the highly-contagious respiratory virus, according to the spokesperson.  

Customers are experiencing longer hold times as the employees transition. Customers can contact State Farm online, through the mobile app or by contacting their agent.   

There have been 403 reported cases of coronavirus in Arizona, and at least six coronavirus-related deaths as of Wednesday. 

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COVID-19 is believed to be primarily spread through coughs or sneezes. 

It may be possible for the virus to spread by touching a surface or object with the virus and then a person touching their mouth, nose or eyes, but this is not thought to be the main method of spread, the CDC says. 

You should consult your doctor if you traveled to an area currently affected by COVID-19 and feel sick with fever, cough or difficulty breathing. 

There is no vaccine for the coronavirus, so the best way to prevent COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases is to:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.