Intel bans employee travel to coronavirus-stricken countries
Intel has announced it will exclude people who have recently traveled to China, South Korea, Japan and several other countries from its facilities.
The chipmaker, which operates four large manufacturing campuses in Hillsboro and Aloha, first announced the restrictions on Tuesday, saying the decision was a "precautionary measure" in light of "continued issues and concerns" over COVID-19, a disease caused by a new strain of coronavirus that has sickened tens of thousands, mostly in Asia and Europe.
Intel said Tuesday, Feb. 25 that it was halting work-related travel to China — including Hong Kong and Macau — as well as South Korea, Japan, Singapore and Italy.
On Thursday, Feb. 27, the corporation announced it is expanding that list to include Iran, where hundreds — including multiple Iranian government officials — have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
Intel also said it will not allow anyone who travels to one of those restricted countries — not just employees, but also contractors, suppliers, visitors and others — to enter an Intel facility for two weeks after their return.
Intel workers who feel ill or have symptoms like fever, cough or shortness of breath should stay away from Intel facilities and seek medical attention, the corporation advised.
"The safety and well-being of all of our employees is our top priority," said Intel spokesperson Linda Qian in a statement provided to the Pamplin Media Group on Friday, Feb. 28. "As a precaution, we have implemented travel restrictions to areas significantly impacted by the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, and restricted attendance at events that don't apply similar travel restrictions to attendees."
Qian added, "We're monitoring the situation closely and working to ensure that our employees have the information and resources they need to stay safe."
KOIN 6 News, a media partner of Pamplin Media Group, contributed to this report.
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