FROM LOCAL SOURCES
ROCKPORT -- An employee at AK Steel in Rockport has tested positive for COVID-19.
In a statement, a company spokesperson said the employee is now under the care of their healthcare provider.
The patient recently returned to work following a vacation and worked one day before coming down with symptoms.
AK Steel officials are ordering a deep clean of areas where the employee may have come in contact. Until that happens, some employees are being relocated out of the affected areas.
The Union said in a statement....
"We were recently notified that a Rockport Works employee has been confirmed to have COVID-19. The employee is under the care of their health care provider and they are working with public health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to receive the best care possible.
"While we cannot – and would not – disclose the name of this employee, we want to share some additional details about the employee’s potential exposure to our workforce and the steps we are taking in response to this situation.
"The employee recently returned to work following a vacation and worked one day before coming down with symptoms. It has been three days since the employee was in the facility. Rockport Works will be conducting a thorough deep clean of areas where the employee may have come into contact. Until then we will relocate employees out of the affected areas.
These steps are in addition to the normal cleaning and sanitation efforts already in place throughout the facility. We are going through a process to identify all employees who had significant, direct contact with this employee and will quarantine those employees for 14 days to avoid the potential of further exposure. We are in continued communication with public health officials and medical professionals who are guiding our response."