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Ford Michigan Assembly Plant shutting down after employee tests positive for COVID-19

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Posted at 11:24 AM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 11:49:36-04

WAYNE, Mich. (WXYZ) — A second auto plant in metro Detroit is shutting down temporarily after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. 7 Action News has learned the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne was shut down late Wednesday morning.

UAW offcials tell 7 Action News that the union and the automaker reached a mutual agreement to close for the day.

According to Ford, they will thorogughly clean and disinfect the building, and those who had contact with the employee will be directed to self-quarantine and seek medical attention if they feel unwell.

"The health and safety of our workforce, dealers, customers, partners and communities is our highest priority. Our thoughts are with our employee and family during this difficult time," a Ford spokesperson said in a statement.

Fiat Chrysler also suspended production at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant after an employee tested positive for the virus.

On Tuesday, the UAW and Big 3 announced they agreed to coronavirus protection measures after the union pressured the automakers into shutting down for two weeks.

The plant employs around 3,000 workers, 2,800 of whom are hourly, and produces the Ford Ranger pickup.