Dearborn employees, Chicago plants test positive for Covid-19

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

Following are developments Wednesday related to national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus. The said from June, it will fly 30 routes to 25 airports, of which 10 are overseas, including London, Brussels and Frankfurt.

These temporary closures come just two days after Ford, as well as other vehicle manufacturers, re-opened production plants throughout the United States.

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.

The closure came just a day after their US factories after being shut down for about two months. The move will result in about 700 million pounds ($856 million) in savings, with an overall aim of 1.3 billion pounds ($1.59 billion) in annual savings.

At Ford's Chicago plant, the brief work stoppages came during the first and second shifts, and both employees worked in a building separate from the main, larger plant, the spokeswoman said.

Ford's Chicago plant operating after brief shutdowns Tuesday linked to COVID-19 infections
Ford shuts two U.S. assembly plants due to COVID-19 infections

This week's outages are expected to be brief: the Chicago plant returned to operation on Wednesday morning and the Dearborn plant is expected to resume operations later Wednesday evening.

A section of the factory, where more than 5,800 people work, was closed, said Brian Rothenberg, spokesman for the UAW union, confirming reports in the local press. The auto supplier had suspended production after an employee informed the company of a positive coronavirus test. Lear disinfected the factory and isolated affected workers. Ford also confirmed that the employees did not contract the virus while at work. "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. Production is slow for now, as there are fewer employees working and the machinery is still being tested.

In the Dearborn and Chicago positive tests, all exposure happened outside the workplace, Felker said. Customers can order through its app and pick up their own food.

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