Nike closed its worldwide headquarters in Oregon for deep-cleaning after the 1st US coronavirus death
Nike announced Sunday it would temporarily close its world headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon out of an "abundance of caution." There has just been one confirmed case of COVID-19 in Oregon — a worker at an elementary school in Lake Oswego. The CDC confirmed Saturday the first US death from the coronavirus, in neighboring Washington state. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
Nike announced Sunday it temporarily closed its corporate headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon in order to deep clean the campus following the first US death from COVID-19 the day prior. "While we have no information indicating any exposure to Nike employees, out of an abundance of caution, we are conducting a deep cleaning of campus," a Nike spokesperson told KGW, the Portland, Oregon, NBC-affiliated station. "All WHQ buildings and facilities, including fitness centers, will be closed over the weekend." An elementary school employee in Lake Oswego tested positive for the virus on Friday, becoming the first presumed positive case of COVID-19 in Oregon. Cases are "presumed positive" until a test from the Centers for Disease Control confirms the results. There are seven people in the state currently under investigation with symptoms of the virus and are currently awaiting test results. According to KGW, 88 people in Oregon are being monitored for signs of the virus but are not currently symptomatic. Meanwhile, the first coronavirus death in the United States was reported by the CDC Saturday in neighboring Washington state. A man in his 50s with underlying health conditions died at an EvergreenHealth facility in King County, Washington. Approximately 27 out of 108 residents at the facility and 25 of the 180 staff members have shown symptoms of the virus, according to a previous Business Insider report. As The Washington Post reported, COVID-19 has likely been spreading in Washington state for six weeks, as a genetic analysis revealed the virus of a recently infected person closely matched that of the first person US coronavirus patient, who was diagnosed in Washington. Nike's decision to temporarily close its US headquarters seemingly marks the first time a large US corporation has closed its US offices as a result of the virus, a practice that has become commonplace in other parts of the world impacted by COVID-19. When the outbreak in China began, for example, Apple temporarily closed all of its corporate offices and retails stores in the country. Those offices have since re-opened. The CDC recommends washing your hands, avoiding sick individuals, and keeping hands away from your face. It does not recommend Americans buy and wear face masks as a means of prevention. Nike did not immediately return Business Insider's request for comment. Read more: China's air pollution dropped dramatically after coronavirus lockdown The stock market's coronavirus-driven drop could be the start of a real sell-off Roughly 2 million tweets spread dangerous misinformation and hoaxes about the coronavirus, according to an unpublished State Department report The coronavirus death toll is approaching 3,000, with more than 86,000 infected. The US reported its first death on Saturday. Here's everything we know.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: 9 items to avoid buying at Costco
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The central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the novel coronavirus first appeared, on Friday revised up...The central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the novel coronavirus first appeared, on Friday revised up its death toll from 2,579 to 3,869 — almost exactly 50%. Local officials in Wuhan said earlier deaths were missed because the city's medical facilities were overwhelmed, according to Chinese state media. Questions have long swirled about China's official figures. President Donald Trump asked Wednesday: "Do you really believe those numbers in this vast country called China?" Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the novel coronavirus first appeared, revised its death toll sharply up on Friday. Local authorities changed the previous figure of 2,579 to 3,869, China's state-run Xinhua News Agency reported. The change, 1,290 additional deaths, is an increase of almost exactly 50% from before. Officials also added another 325 cases which had not led to a death, bringing the city's total cases to 50,333. That brings China's official total death toll up to 4,632. An unnamed official from the Wuhan municipal headquarters for COVID-19 epidemic prevention and control, Xinhua reported, said cases were missed earlier because of the immense pressure on the health system in the city. The official said: "Due to the insufficiency in admission and treatment capability, a few medical institutions failed to connect with the disease prevention and control system in time, while hospitals were overloaded and medics were overwhelmed with patients. As a result, belated, missed and mistaken reporting occurred." There have long been questions about China's official figures, which are considerably lower than some other countries despite the virus first appearing in China in December, if not earlier. While China has a population around four times that of the US, the latter has more than 670,000 cases and over 33,000 dead. Chinese officials have repeatedly argued that China's aggressive response to the virus, such as the decision to lock down Wuhan, a city of 11 million people, for months, kept the situation from spiraling out of control. The unnamed official who announced the change to the city's death toll said Friday: "As the main battleground for securing a decisive victory in the national epidemic prevention and control, Wuhan has taken the most comprehensive, stringent and thorough prevention and control measures." Many outside observers, including the US president, have expressed doubts. "Do you think you're getting honest numbers from some of these countries? Do you really believe those numbers in this vast country called China?" President Donald Trump asked at a White House coronavirus task force press briefing on Wednesday."Does anybody really believe that?" "Some countries that are in big, big trouble," he added. "And, they're not reporting the facts." The US intelligence community believes that China has intentionally concealed the true extent of the damage caused by the coronavirus in the country, presenting fabricated case and death totals, Bloomberg News reported earlier this month. Revisions to official tallies have had to be made in other places as well, to include the US. New York City, a major hotspot in a hard-hit state, revised its death toll on Tuesday, adding 3,700 deaths to bring the city's total above 10,000. The added deaths were those who had never tested positive but were presumed to have died from the disease. "In the heat of battle, our primary focus has been on saving lives," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's press secretary Freddi Goldstein told The New York Times this week. "As soon as the issue was raised, the mayor immediately moved to release the data."Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: We tested a machine that brews beer at the push of a button
Amazon has temporarily shut down a delivery center in New York after a worker tested positive...Amazon has temporarily shut down a delivery center in New York after a worker tested positive for the novel coronavirus. A spokeswoman told Business Insider the facility had been closed for a deep cleaning. This marks the first confirmed case among Amazon's US blue-collar workforce. It has also seen multiple cases in three European warehouses but has refused to close those facilities. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Amazon has shut down a US facility that for the first time saw a worker test positive for the novel coronavirus. The Atlantic first reported that employees at Amazon's Queens, New York, delivery station received a text Wednesday that said: "We're writing to let you know that a positive case of the coronavirus (COVID-19) was found at our facility today." The text was sent by a worker to a group called Amazon Workers United rather than management, but the company has now confirmed that one of its employees in Queens has the illness COVID-19. "We are supporting the individual who is now in quarantine," a spokeswoman told Business Insider. "Since the early days of this situation, we have worked closely with local authorities to proactively respond, ensuring we continue to serve customers while taking care of our associates and we're following all guidelines from local officials about the operations of our buildings." She added: "We have implemented proactive measures to protect employees including increased cleaning at all facilities, maintaining social distance, and adding distance between drivers and customers when making deliveries. In addition to our enhanced daily deep cleaning, we've temporarily closed the Queens delivery station for additional sanitation and have sent associates home with full pay." One Queens employee told The Atlantic that management had not alerted the workers and that some workers were expected to report in for the night shift. Amazon's spokeswoman denied this. Amazon isn't shutting European warehouses despite confirmed infections This marks the first Amazon blue-collar employee to be confirmed to have the virus in the US. In its facilities in Europe, however, Amazon has detected at least five cases of the virus in three warehouses. Two warehouses in Spain and one warehouse in Italy have confirmed cases, but all three facilities have remained open. Workers in the affected warehouses have expressed their concerns, and in Italy workers went on strike Tuesday to protest the company's response to the crisis. Julian Marval, a worker at the Madrid warehouse, told Business Insider on Thursday that Amazon had been reported to Spain's Labor Inspectorate, an independent labor-law watchdog. "I think the measures they claim they have taken since day one are just simply not enough," he said, adding: "In other companies they are limiting the presence of so many workers at once, and they are cleaning more efficiently. Here the cleaning is poor." A worker in the affected Italian warehouse told Business Insider on Tuesday that the sanitation offered to workers on-site was not sufficient. "Hand gel, for example — it's there but it's not available because sometimes, unfortunately quite often, the dispensers are empty," the worker said. "Or the spray bottles with the correct alcoholic percentage to kill the virus, unfortunately even they're not always available." Two Amazon workers in the company's Seattle headquarters were confirmed to have coronavirus earlier this month, prompting the company to ask office employees to work from home. Do you work at Amazon? Got a tip? Contact this reporter at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.SEE ALSO: Your Amazon Prime membership could soon be useless — unless you're buying only Amazon's newly approved products Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Inside the US government's top-secret bioweapons lab
WHO director says there's a need to prepare for a 'pandemic' but global markets should 'calm down' as coronavirus wreaks havoc on the economy
The director-general of the World Health Organization said global markets should "calm down and try to...The director-general of the World Health Organization said global markets should "calm down and try to see the reality" as the coronavirus wreaks havoc on the global economy. His caution comes just after the S&P 500 closed out its worst week since the 2008 financial crisis. "We need to go into the numbers, we need to go into the facts, and do the right thing instead of panicking," Ghebreysus said, according to CNBC. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Amid global panic around the spread of coronavirus, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), called on global markets to "should calm down and try to see the reality." "We need to continue to be rational. Irrationality doesn't help. We need to deal with the facts," Ghebreyesus said Sunday during a panel discussion at the King Salman Humanitarian Aid Center's International Humanitarian Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, according to CNBC. His comments came after stocks closed at an all-time high on February 19, but just over a week later, on February 28, the S&P 500 finished its worst week since the 2008 financial crisis, as Markets Insider reported. The Dow Jones dropped 3,500 points over the week, 12% higher than its largest weekly point loss in history and the biggest percentage loss in over a decade, CNBC reported. The coronavirus outbreak's impact on the economy could be the worst seen since the 2008 crash, strategists at Bank of America said, according to Markets Insider. The virus, which is believed to have originated at the end of last year in Wuhan, China, has spread to over 50 countries. The outbreak has so far killed at least 2,976 people and infected more than 86,000, mostly in China. WHO has hesitated to call the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, but some health experts say that it is. On Saturday, the Centers for Disease Control confirmed the first the US reporterd its first coronavirus death. At a press conference confirming the death, Vice President Mike Pence, who leads the White House coronavirus task force, announced new measures to attempt to limit the spread of coronavirus, including expanding travel restrictions and raising warnings against traveling to certain regions with a growing number of cases. Still, Ghebreyesus said he believed that containing the virus and stopping its spread remained likely. "Based on the facts on the ground, containment is possible," he said, CNBC reported. "But the window of opportunity for containing it is narrowing. So we need to preparing side by side for a pandemic." Ghebreyesus added that the virus could "change direction" and become "worse," according to the Sunday report, but urged the public to focus on facts rather than fear. "We need to go into the numbers, we need to go into the facts, and do the right thing instead of panicking. Panic and fear is the worst," he said. Read more: Nike closed its worldwide headquarters in Oregon for deep-cleaning after the 1st US coronavirus death 2 US grad students who were on the Diamond Princess cruise share harrowing details and photos from their quarantine and 'zombie movie' evacuation 15 mistakes by public health officials and ordinary people that helped spread the coronavirus around the world I survived swine flu as a teenager and it taught me one crucial lesson about life during an epidemic: Don't panicJoin the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: A big-money investor in juggernauts like Facebook and Netflix breaks down the '3rd wave' firms that are leading the next round of tech disruption