Ford temporarily closed a factory in Chicago, United States, on Tuesday after detecting two new positive cases of coronavirus, a day after resuming activity suspended for two months due to the pandemic. ” When two employees who resumed work this week tested positive for COVID-19, we immediately notified people we knew had been in contact with the contaminated individuals and asked them to quarantine for 14 days, ” said a firm spokesman.
A section of the factory, where more than 5,800 people work, was closed, said Brian Rothenberg , spokesman for the UAW union , confirming reports in the local press. Most of the employees were evacuated from the site. The factory ” was thoroughly cleaned and the work sites, equipment, common spaces and the path taken by sick, disinfected employees, ” Ford said . ” If we consider the incubation period, these employees did not contract COVID-19 in the workplace, ” the Ford spokesman insisted .
The two employees worked at a location about two km from where the assembly lines are, the heart of the factory. This plant, which produces the traditional Ford Explorer van , Lincoln Aviator and Interceptor SUV for law enforcement, reopened on Tuesday afternoon and activity continued on Wednesday. Unions and experts fear a multiplication of infections because it is difficult to respect the recommended physical distance in factories where employees often work side by side and face to face in tight spaces.