Ford Motor Co briefly closed its Chicago assembly plant twice on Tuesday, after reopening following a two-month shutdown amid the coronavirus pandemic, as two employees tested positive for COVID-19, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday.
Both plants notified those who may have been in contact with these people and asked them to be quarantined for 14 days. The company said that it believes the workers were not infected at the plants but arrived at work with the virus having contracted it during the shutdown.More news: Facebook, Shopify and Spotify extend remote work policies
The closure came on the second day that Detroit's auto makers began restarting their USA factories, which were idled around March 20 as the new-coronavirus pandemic spread. " If we consider the incubation period, these employees did not contract COVID-19 in the workplace, " the Ford spokesman insisted. "You have to have a healthy workforce, a healthy supply chain and healthy demand", he said. Kirby, the company's president, spoke to CNBC shortly before United's online annual meeting in which he was scheduled to replace Oscar Munoz as CEO. Production is slow for now, as there are fewer employees working and the machinery is still being tested. McDonald's says the complaints are inaccurate and it has provided franchisees with safety equipment and rules for safe operation.
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