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COVID-19 cases associated with FCA Belvidere Assembly plant

The Boone County Health Department has been working with the FCA Belvidere Assembly plant in the ongoing tracking of COVID-19 positive cases among their employees.
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Published: Aug. 7, 2020 at 4:54 PM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - The Boone County Health Department is working in tandem with the Winnebago County Health Department to investigate positive cases of COVID-19 that are associated with the FCA Belvidere Assembly plant.

The Boone County Health Department has been working with the FCA Belvidere Assembly plant in the ongoing tracking of COVID-19 positive cases among their employees.

They have shared their multi-layered program of safety measures such as onsite temperature checks, daily health questionnaire, PPE, social distancing, and continual cleaning and disinfecting with the Boone County Health Department. The BCHD has discussed Illinois Department of Public Health and CDC guidance practices with the FCA Belvidere Assembly plant.

FCA employs approximately 3,800 people, who live in multiple counties and states. Each local health department initiates contact tracing on positive individuals living within their borders to help mitigate community spread.

FCA sent WIFR a statement about the cases, it reads:

“FCA continues to make the health and safety of its employees a top priority. Since restarting our operations, we have had no spread of the virus at our Belvidere plant. As local economies have started to reopen and people are socializing more, our comprehensive, multi-layered program of safety measures - onsite temperature check, daily health questionnaire, mandatory use of masks and safety glasses, social distancing, and continual cleaning and disinfecting - remains in place inside our facilities to protect our employees. Where we have had an employee test positive, all of these measures have been in full use. We also have been aggressive in following recommended guidelines for contact tracing to prevent the spread and transmission of the virus. We continue to monitor the situation to ensure that we are taking every precaution to protect our employees, their families and our communities.”

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