CLYDE, Ohio — A second employee at the Whirlpool plant in Clyde has tested for positive for COVID-19, according to a statement from Whirlpool Corporation.
“Whirlpool Corp. was notified that an employee working in our Clyde facility has been diagnosed with COVID-19. This impacted employee has not been in the plant since May 8, and we have confirmed that there was no close contact with anyone in the facility,” the company said in a statement provided to TiffinOhio.net.
This marks the second employee of the Clyde plant to test positive, with news of the first employee to test positive being reported last week.
The first individual had not been to work “since May 4,” according to Whirlpool.
Approximately 3,200 people work at the Whirlpool plant in Clyde.
A spokesperson for Whirlpool said individuals who came into contact with the first employee to test positive have been notified.
“We will continue to work closely with health and government authorities to take measures to protect our employees. We have heightened cleaning protocols at each plant, have implemented social distancing practices, are doing temperature screenings and diligently promoting guidelines for personal hygiene,” a March statement from Whirlpool says. “We have a commitment to consumers who need our appliances to take care of their families. They are depending on our products more than ever to clean, cook and provide proper food and medicine storage in their homes, and we are working to ensure we can deliver.”
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- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
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- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
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- If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.