A General Motors employee working out of the automaker’s Cole Engineering Center, located within the sprawling Warren Tech Center campus in Michigan, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
GM released a statement Wednesday confirming the employee had tested positive for the virus and telling all employees at the Cole facility to work from home.
“We have been in contact with the family and put our emergency response plan into action, building on the preventive measures we have already taken, which include directing employees at the Cole Technical Center and other sites to work remotely if possible,” the automaker said in a statement.
“We have been in contact with public health officials and we have moved quickly to deep clean and disinfect work and common areas at the site,” the statement also said.
Additionally, the automaker is suggesting that anyone who may have had contact with the employee to self-quarantine for 14 days, in line with Center for Disease Control’s recommendations.
According to Click on Detroit, Michigan had 54 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Monday, including six in Macomb County, which is where the Warren Tech Center is based.
Earlier this week, GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles formed a joint task force to help combat the spread of the virus at their respective U.S. manufacturing plants. In a joint statement, the three companies said the current situation is “fluid and unprecedented”, and added that the task force “will move quickly to build on the wide-ranging preventive measures we have put in place.”
The Big Three met with UAW leadership early Wednesday to discuss potentially shutting down all of their U.S. manufacturing plants due to the ongoing pandemic. Sources indicate GM, Ford and FCA have agreed to shutter their production facilities for the time being, but they have yet to make an official announcement with regard to the matter.
Source: Click on Detroit