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Two test positive for COVID-19 at Cleveland Daimler plant

CLEVELAND — Two employees of the Daimler Trucks plant in Rowan County have tested positive for COVID-19 and been out of the facility for several days, according to a statement from the company.

A spokesman for Daimler Trucks North America said all employees with whom the two positive employees had sustained contact were directed to self-quarantine at home. The entire facility was thoroughly disinfected Thursday night. It will be disinfected again this weekend, the spokesman said.

The latest cases, which came this week, are in addition to a positive case the facility experienced in April.

It’s not clear whether the employees were Rowan County residents or from a neighboring area. As of Thursday afternoon, there were 955 total positive cases and 236 active cases in Rowan County. There were 17 people hospitalized. A total of 40 people have died here after testing positive.

In its statement, Daimler Trucks said the following measures have been in place since the start of April to limit the spread of COVID-19:

  • Temperature screening every arriving team member or visitor with a non-contact laser thermometer.
  • Issuing appropriate protective equipment.
  • Adding additional cleaning staff and increasing frequency, thoroughness and duration of cleaning.
  • Distributing cleaning supplies for frequent wiping down of shared tools.
  • Communicating all relevant CDC health recommendations to our employees.

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