Ford Motor Company to Offer Testing for Workers With Suspected Coronavirus Symptoms in Four States

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Ford Motor Company introduced Saturday that it supply COVID-19 testing for symptomatic employees in southeast Michigan, Missouri, Kentucky and Illinois.

“Ford Motor Company has secured contracts in four key metro areas to quickly test hourly and salaried employees in those areas with suspected COVID-19 symptoms: southeast Michigan, the Louisville, Ky., area, the Kansas City area and the Chicago area – and plans to further expand testing to additional locations,” the corporate acknowledged in a press release.

“Tests results will be provided to employees and Ford quickly – with a goal of within 24 hours – helping stop the spread of COVID-19.”

Ford signed contracts with well being care programs that can enable workers working in these states – roughly 73,500 folks – to get examined shortly if they’re suspected to have signs of the novel coronavirus. The aim is to have the assessments outcomes out there inside 24 hours, and check outcomes can be shared with Ford medical doctors.

Dr. Walter Talamonti, Ford’s medical director, acknowledged within the press launch these new contracts will bolster the automaker’s efforts to gradual the unfold of the novel coronavirus.

“These contracts will allow us to test employees with suspected symptoms and have results back within 24 hours. If they test positive, we can quickly identify close contact employees who may have been exposed and ask them to self-quarantine for 14 days,” Talamonti acknowledged.

Ford workers with prescriptions for assessments in southeast Michigan can get examined by means of the Beaumont Health system. Those who work in Louisville, Kentucky can get testing completed by means of the University of Louisville Health with prescriptions. Employees within the Kansas City, Missouri space can have entry to the drive-through testing web site at Liberty Hospital with a prescription – whereas these employed within the Chicago, Illinois space can get testing by means of the University of Chicago Medical Center and UChicago Medicine-Ingalls Memorial Hospital as soon as they’re screened.

Ken Washington, the corporate’s chief know-how officer, acknowledged within the press launch that Ford is “working on quickly expanding testing of symptomatic employees.”

“The health and safety of our employees has been – and remains – our top priority as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to expanding locations for these tests, we are also pursuing the possibility of voluntary antibody testing in the future for our employees,” Washington mentioned.

Expanding testing efforts is a method Ford is coping with the novel coronavirus. Another measure the corporate begun implementing is the extra hiring of momentary workers, according to comments made by Kelli Felker, Ford’s world manufacturing and labor communications supervisor, to the Detroit Free Press Saturday.

“Due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, we are hiring additional temporary workers in our plants to cover what we expect will be an increase in absenteeism,” Felker mentioned, although she declined to specify what number of momentary workers can be employed.

Bernie Ricke, president of the United Auto Wokers Local 600 union, informed the Detroit Free Press estimated the corporate has employed practically 1,300 in southeast Michigan.

“The company is being proactive. These are temporary full-time workers who, I think, will earn $16.67 an hour. They’re putting people through physicals now. It’s a fluid situation,” Ricke mentioned.

Ford Motor Company to Offer Testing for Workers With Suspected Coronavirus Symptoms in Four States
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