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Tesla email reveals two employees have tested positive for COVID-19

Two Tesla workers, who had been working at residence for practically two weeks, have examined optimistic for COVID-19, in response to an inner electronic mail despatched Thursday morning by the corporate’s head of environmental, well being, and security division and seen by TechCrunch .

The workers weren’t symptomatic within the workplace, and each are quarantined at residence and recovering nicely, in response to the e-mail from Tesla’s EHS division head Laurie Shelby. Their co-workers, who have been already working from residence for practically two weeks as nicely, have been notified to allow them to quarantine, the e-mail learn. The electronic mail didn’t disclose the places the place the workers have been working.

“In each circumstances, interactions with the people had a low chance of transmission primarily based on the minimal employees onsite and social distancing measures we took earlier this month,” Shelby wrote within the electronic mail.

Tesla couldn’t be reached for remark. Business Insider beforehand reported on the identical inner electronic mail.

The electronic mail has heightened concern amongst a number of Tesla workers that TechCrunch has spoken to, as they weigh the chance of coming into work or utilizing paid-time off or unpaid depart to remain at residence. Tesla employs greater than 48,000 individuals at its headquarters, factories, gross sales and repair facilities and supply hubs all through the U.S. While some workers are capable of earn a living from home, the corporate nonetheless has employees at its supply and repair facilities, in addition to an estimated 2,500 individuals at its Fremont, Calif. manufacturing facility.

Tesla suspended manufacturing at its Fremont manufacturing facility starting March 23, days after a shelter-in-place order went into impact in Alameda County because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Some primary operations that help Tesla’s charging infrastructure and what it describes as its “automobile and power providers operations” have continued on the manufacturing facility, which below regular circumstances employs greater than 10,000 individuals.

The determination to droop manufacturing at Fremont got here after a multi-day public tussle between the automaker and native officers in Alameda County over what was thought of an “important” enterprise.

Tesla has additionally suspended operations at its manufacturing facility in Buffalo, N.Y., apart from “these components and provides obligatory for service, infrastructure and significant provide chains,” the corporate mentioned in a press release. Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted Wednesday that he plans to reopen the Buffalo manufacturing facility to provide ventilators, a essential piece of medical tools utilized in extreme circumstances of COVID-19.

The electronic mail comes simply two days after experiences of not less than two optimistic COVID-19 circumstances at SpaceX, one other firm headed up Musk. The optimistic circumstances at SpaceX despatched some workers into quarantine, CNBC reported. The firm is making hand sanitizer in home and taking different steps to guard nervous employees, in response to CNBC. TechCrunch couldn’t attain SpaceX for remark.

COVID-19, the illness attributable to coronavirus, has rippled by way of company and industrial America. Manufacturers have suspended manufacturing of autos, tech corporations have ordered workers to earn a living from home and metropolis, county and state governments have issued quite a lot of orders to attempt to sluggish the unfold of COVID-19.

For occasion, California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a stay-at-home directive that ordered all nonessential companies to shut and for residents to solely depart their properties for important wants like groceries or to go to the pharmacy. Other states the place Tesla has operations resembling New York are additionally below a stay-at-home order.

Musk’s actions in the course of the pandemic have precipitated quite a lot of reactions amongst workers, critics and his hundreds of thousands of Twitter followers. He has appeared dismissive of COVID-19 in emails to workers and on Twitter, the place he has unfold misinformation on the illness, together with that youngsters are “basically immune,” a press release that contradicts data supplied by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In one inner electronic mail despatched to SpaceX workers, Musk famous that they have been extra prone to die in a automotive crash than from the illness. 

Even as Musk appeared to downplay the illness, he has additionally stepped as much as donate medical provides wanted by hospitals and has directed workers to not come to work in the event that they really feel in poor health or are uncomfortable. Tesla workers have obtained emails from human assets head Valerie Workman that if they might not or have been reluctant to come back to work they might use PTO or take unpaid day off after they exhaust their PTO. The electronic mail informed one worker (who spoke to TechCrunch on situation of anonymity) that they might be not be penalized for his or her determination or face disciplinary motion for attendance primarily based on well being or impossibility to come back to work.

Musk has additionally donated important private protecting tools to hospitals which might be dealing with a scarcity of those provides, and has dedicated to making an attempt to assist ramp up manufacturing of ventilators.


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