Ford pauses production at Claycomo plant after worker tests positive for COVID-19

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UPDATE: A Ford spokesperson tells FOX4 that production at the plant was suspended for one hour while the employee’s work area was cleaned. Production has since resumed.

The United Auto Workers Local 249 responded to the incident in a Facebook post, saying that the original 24 hour guidance for cleaning after a COVID-19 positive case is no longer in place.

“The situation is very serious and has been ever-evolving. It is important to understand there are a significant amount of rumors and misinformation taking place on social media,” the post reads. “The letter that was sent out in early March prior to the shutdown outlining a required 24 hour deep clean is no longer the standard required by the CDC, Federal, and State agencies.”

CLAYCOMO, Mo. — The Ford production plant in Claycomo is temporarily pausing production after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

In a statement, a company spokeswoman said they are closing the transit side of the plant until deep cleaning is completed.

“In this instance, our protocol calls for us to deep clean and disinfect the employees’ work area, equipment, team area and the path that the employee took while at the plant today. We are temporarily pausing production at Kansas City Assembly Plant – on the Transit side – until the deep cleaning is completed. We are notifying people known to have been in close contact with the infected individual and asking them to self-quarantine for 14 days,” the statement reads.

Production at the Claycomo Ford plant just resumed May 18.

It’s unclear how many workers tested positive for COVID-19.

A spokesperson for the Clay County Public Health Center says they have not been notified of an outbreak investigation, which happens when there are two or more cases within 28 days at the same facility.

This story is developing.

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