Two employees at General Motors’ Wentzville Assembly plant in Missouri have reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.
GM Authority received an anonymous tip last night that two employees working in the body shop area at Wentzville Assembly had tested positive for COVID-19. GM has since released a statement confirming that the two employees had tested positive for the virus after coming into contact with it while outside of work.
“We have learned that two members of our team at Wentzville Assembly have tested positive for coronavirus after being exposed outside of work,” the statement said. “We believe there is very little risk that anyone inside the plant has been exposed to the virus at work because everyone, including the individuals, have been following our extensive, multi-layered health and safety procedures, which include wearing masks, hand washing and sanitizing, temperature screening and physical distancing.”
GM Authority also reached out to the automaker regarding the current situation at the facility, and has received additional details. “To date, we have not had any person-to-person transmission of the virus in our plants since our complete safety protocols have been put in place,” said GM Corporate News Relations Manager Daniel Flores. “Our safety protocols are designed to help keep the virus out of our plants and prevent its spread if someone does test positive. They are working because of strong teamwork at all our manufacturing sites, including Wentzville,” he added.
Wentzville Assembly produces the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon mid-size pickup trucks, along with the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana work vans. The 3.7-million square-foot plant, which is located about 40 miles west of St. Louis, employs roughly 4,270 hourly workers.
GM’s plants started to come back online in late May following a two-month-long shutdown brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The automaker has taken a measured approach with regard to getting its U.S. production facilities back up and running, operating only one shift at many plants at first before bringing the second and third shifts back. Wentzville is one of the plants that are already operating all three shifts due to the demand for the Colorado and Canyon pickups.
GM outlined the various measures it is taking to protect employees from COVID-19 in a 40-page safety playbook it sent out last month. Employees have their temperatures taken when they arrive at work, are required to wear proper PPE at all times and are asked to wipe down their work station between shifts or job rotations. Social distancing measures are also in effect when possible and employee common areas like break rooms are frequently sanitized.