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Over 50 confirmed virus cases linked to United Shore in Pontiac, health officials say

Company ordered to follow mandated health guidelines
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Posted at 8:17 PM, Aug 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 22:26:00-04

PONTIAC (WXYZ) — The Oakland County Health Division is investigating complaints against United Shore mortgage company in Pontiac for allegedly "operating a business in direct violation of the governor's executive order 2020-161."

The health department confirmed more than 50 positive coronavirus cases in employees that work at the Pontiac location.

In an effort to reduce transmission of the virus, Oakland County Health officials have ordered the company to implement the following:

1. Develop and implement a plan to manage and control social/physical distancing (at least 6 ft spacing).
2. Ensure employees are wearing facial coverings.
3. Develop and implement a daily screening process and stay home when sick policy.
4. Encourage working from home, when possible.

If the above guidelines aren't implemented, the company will face a misdemeanor, which is punishable by imprisonment for not ore than six months, or a fine of not more than $200 a day, according to a news release.

United Shore responded with the below statement:

The health and safety of our team members has been and continues to be our top priority. Currently, we are at less than half-capacity and all team members who are back in the office either need to be here to perform their role or have self-selected to return. For team members working from home, returning to work will remain optional until January 2021. We have taken extensive measures to ensure compliance with all guidelines set forth by the state, the CDC, and MIOSHA.

We have also taken additional precautions to keep team members safe, such as placing acrylic shields between desks, enforcing mandatory masks and providing free masks, making gloves available, installing extra hand sanitizer stations throughout the building, closing the gym and more. If at any time a team member is exhibiting COVID symptoms, feeling ill, or we are notified of a positive COVID test the team member along with anyone they have been in close contact with is sent to work from home immediately until a doctor’s note is provided allowing them to return. We feel confident with the steps we have taken to ensure the continued safety for our team members while they are here in our building.

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