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In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the companies urge their workers to 'social distance' to stop the spread of the virus.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Nike announced over the weekend that they would close their worldwide headquarters for a 'deep cleaning' out of an abundance of caution for a presumptive case involving a Washington County resident and the coronavirus., Times - News While the worldwide shoe giant said no Nike employees exposed to the coronavirus, the closure is out of an abundance of caution. Nike to remain closed over weekend for 'deep cleaning' Two corporate giants in Washington County are urging their staffs to work from home.

Intel said Friday it is continuing "to operate on a relatively normal basis" in Oregon and at its other sites around the world amid the outbreak of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

The chipmaker said it's recommending employees work from home "if their roles allow."

Intel's headquarters are in Silicon Valley but its largest and most advanced operations are in Washington County. The company is the state's largest corporate employer, with 20,000 workers at its campuses here.

Intel said it will "pay-in-full" its own hourly workers and those employed by its contractors for at least the next two months. And the company said those working from home and those in self-quarantine due to coronavirus exposure will earn their regular pay.

Additionally, Intel said it will pay for up to 15 days of care for employees who need childcare due to school closures or who need eldercare.

Meanwhile, Nike officially urging all of its employees based in the United States to work from home as well.

The athletic apparel company, with headquarters in Washington County, is one of the largest employers of the region.

In a statement to KOIN 6 News, the company said that, based on guidance from government and health authorities, it is encouraging all U.S.-based employees to work from home starting Monday, March 16, through March 31, if their job allows.

Nike's World Headquarters near Beaverton will remain open.

Nike announced earlier this month that it would close its worldwide headquarters for a "deep cleaning" out of an abundance of caution for a presumptive case involving a Washington County resident and the coronavirus.

During the outbreak of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, several news organizations in the metro area have agreed to share content, including Pamplin Media Group, The Oregonian/Oregonlive and KOIN 6 News, both of which contributed to this article.


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