In the first incidents since the US Big three reopened their manufacturing plants in North America on May 18, Ford Motor briefly shut down and then restarted production at two separate plants. The plants have been shut since mid-March in an attempt to halt the spread of coronavirus.
Two workers at the auto giant’s Chicago Assembly plant tested positive for coronavirus, prompting Ford to close and then reopen the plant twice on May 19. The Chicago plant assembles Ford Explorer models and Lincoln Aviator crossovers. The company also shut down its Dearborn Truck plant in Michigan on May 20, after an employee there tested positive for Covid-19. Operations resumed at the plant, which makes F-Series pickups, later that night.
Ford said the workers at the both plants were asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. The employees clearly had not caught coronavirus at work, given the incubation time of the disease. Their work areas also were deep cleaned and disinfected.