UPDATE: Plant Vogtle employee tested negative for the coronavirus

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

(Georgia Power)

WAYNESBORO, Ga (WRDW/WAGT) -- We've gotten some clarification on which employee at Plant Vogtle tested negative for the coronavirus.

John Kraft with Georgia Power says the second employee, who works on units 3 & 4, received a negative test result. Officials announced this employee was being tested on Saturday, March 14th.

They say they are still awaiting the status update for the first team member they announced on Thursday, March 12. That employee, a non-manual worker, was tested on Thursday.

"Georgia Power’s focus remains on protecting the safety and health of workers at the site and the company is continuing to take every action to prepare for and respond to impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic," John Kraft with Georgia Power said. "We continue to draw on the expertise of medical professionals and consult the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Our proactive steps are designed to both prevent the spread of the virus and protect the safety and well-being of the site workforce."

Georgia Power officials also say temporary facilities are being set up to support the workforce in distancing and hygiene initiatives.

An expanded onsite medical clinic will provide more space for “distancing efforts” and additional medical resources as they encourage the workforce to more closely monitor health and report concerns.

They have also added portable bathrooms and washing stations and modified use of the break rooms by adjusting break schedules and setting up additional space with overflow tents.

They have also opened spaces in other facilities to avoid congestion in the currently used spaces to help add more distance between individuals onsite.

Finally, officials say they are avoiding in-person large group meetings and gatherings. Instead, they are communicating as much as possible in smaller groups in the field, in writing and via teleconferencing.

Thursday, March 13, 2020

WAYNESBORO, Ga (WRDW/WAGT) --- A Plant Vogtle employee is currently being tested for the Coronavirus.

Georgia Power officials tell us the employee is a non-manual worker.

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The company says it is taking every action to prepare for the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. They are speaking to medical professionals and consulting the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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