Freightliner shuts down for 2 days after worker tests positive for COVID-19

Freightliner shuts down for 2 days after worker tests positive for COVID-19

GASTON COUNTY, N.C. — A union representative said the Freightliner plant in Gaston County has a positive case of the coronavirus.

The spokesman told reporter Ken Lemon a worker is in the hospital on a respirator and the plant is shut down for two days.

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“The No. 1 priority is keeping those that aren’t sick safe and how we progress from there,” the spokesman said. “So, right now, we’re on a two-day shutdown. We’re not scheduled to go back to work until Sunday night, maybe Monday morning. And that’s still pending, depending on, you know, what the shop chair and the plant manager discuss and how they want to handle this. The plant is going to go through a deep clean for the next four days.”

He also told Lemon if there’s a second case of the virus, the union will ask for a full work stoppage.

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