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Marinette Marine Reports The Third COVID-19 Case
Issue Date: April 29, 2020
Fincantieri Marinette Marine announced on Tuesday, April 28 that a third employee of the shipyard in Marinette has tested positive for COVID-19.
The shipbuilder said Tuesday that an employee in Building 10 had tested positive for the virus. The employee has not been at the shipyard since April 24.
On Monday, April 26, the company announced a worker in Building 32 had tested positive for the illness. The worker has not been at the shipyard since April 21.
The first case in an employee was reported April 23. The worker from Building 10 notified the company and was placed in quarantine. That employee has not been at the shipyard since April 17.
According to their news release, Marinette Marine believes about a dozen employees in Wisconsin and Michigan may have been exposed to the first patient. Those workers have been notified and they are in quarantine.
Assistant Navy Secretary James F. Geurts had sent a letter to Marinette Marine in March saying the shipbuilding business is essential to national defense. "Delivering or redelivering our ships to the fleet is a national need that is unwavering and crucial to our national security," says Geurts.
The company has set up a website for people to track possible cases in employees and to provide information for employees who feel they may be ill.
Fincantieri Marine Group President and CEO Dario Deste said on the web site that the United States Navy, Lockheed Martin, other partners, vendors, suppliers, contractors and visitors are all following the firm's visitor procedure requirements and they are working closely with contractors and vendors to align processes between our organizations to protect the health and safety of all employees.
According to the Marinette Marine web site, international travel was suspended on March 4. On March 12, all foreign visitors were suspended from visiting their facilities, and domestic visitors were limited to business necessary only. All visitors are being screened until further notice to ensure they have no COVID-19 symptoms and have not come into contact with anyone with the virus. Travel between all FMG sites was suspended on March 13.
They are disinfecting high-traffic areas multiple times a day; additional resources have been added to wipe down surfaces; ozone machines have been installed throughout some of of the facilities to disinfect, kill or remove any dangerous or irritating airborne particles; additional hand sanitizer and cleaners have been placed throughout the facility; vending machines have been temporarily closed for sanitation and to limit high-touch areas, and other steps have been taken.
The website says employees who need to stay home due to illness of themselves or a family member should apply for an unpaid leave of absence, and reminds them that those who will not be receiving a paycheck will need to pay their health insurance premiums to continue coverage.