Tesla autos stand exterior of a Brooklyn showroom and repair heart on August 27, 2018 in New York Metropolis.
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The contaminated staff had been working from house for “nearly two weeks,” wrote Tesla’s vice chairman of environmental well being and security, Laurie Shelby, within the e-mail. The message didn’t disclose the employees’ areas or job features.
Shelby additionally knowledgeable staff that each of their colleagues had been house and recovering effectively. She added:
“Their direct coworkers, who were already working from home for nearly two weeks as well, were immediately notified so they can quarantine and watch for symptoms. CDC guidelines for sanitation and disinfection have been followed.”
The disclosure comes after Tesla tried to maintain its California operations going regardless of a shelter-in-place order masking the county the place its manufacturing facility is situated. The county sheriff later confirmed Tesla’s automotive manufacturing facility wouldn’t be thought of an “essential business” and could be required to solely keep “minimum basic operations” below the order.
Tesla introduced final Thursday it might quickly droop manufacturing on the Fremont, Calif., plant by the top of the day on March 23. It additionally mentioned it might quickly droop manufacturing at its Buffalo, New York, manufacturing facility in addition to for elements “necessary for service.”
After initially claiming the “panic” over coronavirus was “dumb,” and making a mis-statement that youngsters are “essentially immune” to COVID-19, Tesla CEO Elon Musk extra just lately supplied to make ventilators at Tesla in Buffalo, New York for hospitals that want them.
New York Metropolis Mayor Invoice de Blasio tweeted at Musk final Thursday that he would take him up on the supply, saying there was actually a scarcity. Whereas Musk mentioned he procured a provide of ventilators from China, the standing of Tesla’s efforts to fabricate them isn’t solely clear.
Medtronic CEO Omar Ishrak mentioned on CNBC on Wednesday that a few of his firm’s ventilators could be made by Tesla. Musk tweeted yesterday they had been “Making good progress.”
Tesla didn’t instantly reply to CNBC’s request for remark.