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Textron now says employee tested negative for COVID-19 after misreading test results

STILL UNTITLED: Coronavirus (Source: MGN)
STILL UNTITLED: Coronavirus (Source: MGN)(KMVT)
Published: Jun. 11, 2020 at 12:28 PM EDT
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Thursday, June 11, 2020

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Several hours after announcing that one of their employees tested positive for coronavirus, Textron Specialized Vehicles now says that employee actually tested negative.

According to company spokesperson Brandon Haddock, the employee actually misread the test results when he told the company he had tested positive.

The company said it learned at about 3 p.m. Wednesday on one of its production lines had tested positive.

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“Upon receiving this information, we immediately notified all employees who work on that production line and across our facilities,” Haddock said earlier in the day when the employee was believed to have tested positive. “We also made special notification to the employees who work in close proximity to the employee who tested positive, so that they could seek testing and self-quarantine if needed.”

The plant suspended production for the remainder of the first shift and delayed the start of second shift until late evening, Haddock said. In the interim, the company had a specialized, third-party cleaning contractor perform a decontamination deep-cleaning and disinfection of the production line as well as common areas visited by the affected employee, including break rooms, restrooms, dining facilities and other areas, Haddock said.

Haddock said the company has masks and other personal protection equipment available for all employees. He said the company is not asking employees to reuse masks, although some are using personal masks that are designed to be washable and reusable.

Haddock said employees are screened for fever and asked about known or potential exposure to COVID-19 before they report to work each day. The company also has increased the frequency and intensity of sanitation practices and is limiting the number of employees on its campuses at any given time, Haddock said.

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