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Rockford-area health departments launch investigation into COVID-19 cases at FCA Belvidere Assembly plant

FCA US released a statement in response to the COVID-19 investigation into the Belvidere Assembly plant.
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Published: Aug. 13, 2020 at 2:52 PM CDT
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UPDATE: FCA US has released a statement in response to the COVID-19 investigation into the Belvidere Assembly plant:

“FCA continues to make the health and safety of its employees a top priority. Following, and in many cases going beyond, CDC and WHO recommended guidelines, we have implemented a comprehensive, multi-layered program of safety measures designed to protect our employees. These health and safety protocols – including onsite temperature check, daily health questionnaire, mandatory use of masks and safety glasses, social distancing, and continual cleaning and disinfecting – are the same protocols being followed at FCA around the world and by companies across the country. As local economies have reopened and people go about their daily lives, these safety measures remain in place inside our facilities. In addition to having open dialogue with local area health departments to update them on our protocols, we have also successfully reviewed our COVID prevention program with federal and various state OSHA offices as well as other county health departments where we have facilities to ensure that we are taking every precaution necessary to protect our employees, their families and our communities.

The Belvidere plant will be observing its previously scheduled summer shutdown the week of Aug. 17. As our employees enjoy this time off with family and friends, we encourage them to continue practicing all of the recommended health and safety precautions, so we can protect each other and restart safely on Aug. 24.”

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - As concern over positive COVID-19 cases associated with the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Belvidere Assembly plant rises, the Boone County and Winnebago County Health Departments announce a joint investigation into discovering the source.

Public health officials sent a statement to 23 News, saying:

“The Boone County Health Department and the Winnebago County Health Department are investigating cases of COVID-19 in employees working in the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Belvidere Assembly plant. These cases reside in multiple jurisdictions and local health departments are involved in the investigation to work with those who have tested positive to provide support as they isolate from others and to help identify potential close contacts who may have been exposed.

This investigation into positive cases with an association to FCA is ongoing. Currently, the investigation has identified that some exposures occurred in the community. While there are multiple cases with an association to FCA, this does not mean the exposure of the virus occurred within that facility. The Boone County Health Department continues to work with FCA to identify any potential concern for transmission within the facility to prevent any possible spread, while also looking to identify any potential successes of mitigation strategies in breaking the cycle of exposure.”

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