Ford was forced to temporarily shut down an auto manufacturing facility in Chicago after two workers tested positive for coronavirus, AFP said Wednesday.
Tuesday's incident highlights the difficulties for U.S. automakers that resumed production on Monday after being shut down after the coronavirus pandemic.
"When two employees who returned to work this week tested positive for COVID-19, we immediately notified people who were known to be in close contact with the infected people and asked them to stay away for 14 days to quarantine itself, "said a Ford spokeswoman.
"Due to the incubation period, we know that these employees have not received COVID-19 while working," said the spokeswoman.
She said "the work area, equipment, team area and path the team member took" were disinfected and the facility had resumed operation until Tuesday evening.
Employees worked in an area about a mile from the main plant that produces the Ford Explorer and Interceptor and the Lincoln Aviator.
Brian Rothenberg, spokesman for United Auto Workers, said an entire part of the plant with 5,800 employees was closed and most of the workers had been evacuated.
"The protocols will be followed until & # 39; T & # 39;" he said.
Union officials and experts were concerned about the reopening of auto factories while the virus was widespread, and noted difficulties in maintaining social distance on assembly lines that employees work side by side and in cramped conditions.
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