Motoring: Ford shuts two US assembly plants due to COVID-19 infections

3 Dearborn employees Chicago plants test positive for Covid-19- CBS Detroit

Ford's Chicago plant operating after brief shutdowns Tuesday linked to COVID-19 infections

While the company did not indicate the source of the parts shortfall, a person familiar with the matter told the news agency that Lear Corporation, which supplies automotive seating and electrical systems, had closed a plant in Hammond, Indiana, due to a positive test. Ford said that production in Chicago was also set to resume mid-week.

On Tuesday, Ford halted production at its Chicago SUV plant twice after two workers tested positive for coronavirus.

"Ford temporarily closed a factory in Chicago, United States, on Tuesday after detecting two new positive cases of coronavirus, a day after resuming activity suspended for two months due to the pandemic".

According to Ford, when they found out, they started notifying people who were in close contacted with the infected person and asked them to self-quarantine for 14 days.

The reopening of vehicle plants will be a closely watched test of whether workers across a range of US industries will be able to return to factories in large numbers without a resurgence of infections.

Ford, along with GM and Fiat Chysler, announced this week that they would begin gradually reopening USA facilities after almost two months of closures due to the pandemic. " If we consider the incubation period, these employees did not contract COVID-19 in the workplace, " the Ford spokesman insisted. The workers are backed by Service Employees International Union, which is trying to unionize fast food restaurants through the Fight for $15 movement.

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