FLINT (WJRT) -- 3/19/2020 -- General Motors confirmed Friday evening that an employee who has been absent from the Flint Assembly plant since the morning of March 5 has tested positive for coronavirus.
The company said in a statement they were notified of this diagnosis late Thursday afternoon. GM has been in contact with the employee and the employee has been receiving medical care.
Because more than 14 days have elapsed since the employee was last at Flint Assembly, GM says it is not necessary for anyone in the plant to self-quarantine.
The statement says "going forward, we will continue to take aggressive steps to help prevent the spread of the virus and keep families safe."
GM temporarily shut down production of Flint Assembly on Thursday, days earlier than initially planned. A spokesperson would not say the decision to close was based on the confirmed case of COVID-19, which is the illness caused by coronavirus.
“As mentioned earlier, the production suspension at Flint Assembly is a part of yesterday’s joint announcement with the UAW,” David Barnas said via email. “GM is now confirming that regular production at nearly all of its U.S. manufacturing facilities will be suspended by the end of the day on Friday, March 20.”
The statement says production will remain idle until at least March 30 and production will be re-evaluated week-to-week after that.
No information was released about the patient's age, gender or hometown.