CLYDE, Ohio — An employee at the Whirlpool plant in Clyde has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), marking the first confirmed case among workers at the plant.
The individual was notified of their positive test result Friday.
According to a statement from the Whirlpool Corporation, the individual has not been to work at the Clyde plant since May 4, and the person followed safety protocols while they were in the plant.
“We are working closely with local health authorities to provide the necessary support for our colleague and we are wishing our colleague well,” a Whirlpool Corporation spokesperson told TiffinOhio.net.
“The health and safety of our employees and the Clyde community are our top priority. A thorough investigation revealed this employee had limited exposure with others. Individuals with whom the employee had come into close contact were also following safety protocols,” the spokesperson said. “These individuals have been notified and are on quarantine. The area where the employee works will be closed temporarily to conduct a deep cleaning per CDC guidelines.”
As of Friday at 2 p.m., there are 23,016 total cases of COVID-19 throughout the state of Ohio. The virus has killed at least 1,306 people and resulted in the hospitalization of at least 4,218, according to figures from the Ohio Department of Health.