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FCA suspending production at Sterling Heights assembly plant for employee health & welfare

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Posted at 9:17 AM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 11:25:05-04

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (WXYZ) — Fiat Chrysler is suspending production at the Sterling Heights assembly plant.

The automaker suspended production "out of an abundance of caution" for the health and welfare of employees after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

A decision regarding the resumption of operations will be made later on Wednesday.

The company says the employee has not been at the plant for over a week and is receiving medical care.

FCA says employees who may have had contact with the worker have been contacted and instructed to self-quarantine for two weeks.

On Tuesday, the Big 3 told the United Auto Workers that they will take measures to protect workers.

The union had pressured the automakers into shutting down for two weeks to help combat the coronavirus.

Read the full statement from FCA below:

Out of an abundance of caution for the health and welfare of the employees at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant, FCA is suspending production on Wednesday, March 18. Employees on the first shift have been sent home. Workers on the second shift should not report. A decision regarding the resumption of operations will be made later today.