Friday, 27 March 2020 15:07

Employee at IN Toyota Plant Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Written by Jill Lyman and Jessica Costello, 14 News

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana, Inc., President Leah Curry sent a message to employees saying an employee at a Gibson Co., IN, plant has tested positive for coronavirus.

The plant is in the middle of a two-week shutdown in order to help stop the spread of the virus.


There are still some essential employees working at the facility, but Curry says deep cleaning has been under way.


Those who had been in close contact with the employee have been notified.


Production resumes April 6.


In a press release, Toyota said it learned of the positive test March 24. That employee’s last day of work was March 17 and has since been off.


The press release said once they were informed of the positive test result, the onsite physician immediately contacted public health authorities and other team members who may have closely interacted with the employee.


After learning of the COVID-19 case, members of the community say it’s a matter of time before more cases pop up in the area.


“I do believe we’re going to see many many more cases due to the contact people have with each other," Princeton resident Michael Melson said. "And I think that’s why it’s so important to stay at home, if at all possible. We will still go out and get food as we need it, gasoline as we need it, but other than that we’re hoping to do our part by just staying home.”


Toyota suspended all production March 23 and, according to the press release, has been taking extra precautions to increase efforts to deep clean and disinfect all areas where the employee was exposed.


Princeton Police Chief Derek McGraw said even with the positive case now confirmed, emergency services will continue to help the community as much as possible.


“We’re all going to be out here in the front lines working for you," McGraw said. "And again, we just urge everyone to stay calm, we’re going to get through this and it’s going to pass.”


We also reached out to Princeton, IN, Mayor Greg Wright about the positive case, and he said he did not want to talk on behalf of Toyota or any further on the situation.


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