Amid concerns over the spread of COVID-19, Beaverton, Oregon based Nike is advising employees to take precautions and work from home, if they are able, NBCSNW has learned.
“Based on guidance from government and health authorities, we are encouraging U.S.-based Nike employees to work from home starting Monday, March 16 through March 31, if their job allows,” a Nike Global Corporate Communications representative wrote in a statement to NBCSNW on Friday.
Nike’s World Headquarters located in Beaverton, Oregon will remain open during this time, according to the spokesperson.
The decision was made as a precautionary measure, not a reaction to a positive COVID-19 test result.
“We will continue to monitor developments and make decisions that prioritize the safety of our teammates as necessary.”
Furthermore, NBCSNW has learned that if Nike is forced to close any of its stores or distribution centers, those who are unable to work from home will receive paid time off and will not be required to take PTO.
Nike, which was ranked No. 90 on the Forbes 500 list, employs more than 26,000 people nationwide, including more than 8,500 people at their Beaverton World Headquarters.
On Thursday morning, Adidas closed its North American headquarters in Portland after two employees came in close contact with people with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.
Thursday night, Oregon governor Kate Brown closed K-12 schools through the end of March.
Sporting events across all levels and leagues, including the NBA, NHL, MLS, MLB and NCAA have been postponed or cancelled events to limit the spread of COVID-19, which has affected nearly 135,000 people and killed nearly 5,000.
There have been 19 confirmed cases in Oregon as of March 11th, according to the Oregon Health Authority.