Union says AK Steel employee tests positive for COVID-19

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ROCKPORT, Ind. (WEHT) – According to the worker’s union for AK Steel in Rockport, an employee has tested positive for coronavirus.

The Spencer County Health Department says they have not confirmed whether this person is a resident of Spencer County and do not know any details about this case.

The union, Local 3044, said on their website that the worker is being isolated at home and any employee who had significant, direct contact with the employee is being asked to do the same. The facility is also undergoing a thorough deep cleaning.

The union posted a statement on their website which reads:

We were recently notified that a Rockport Works employee has been confirmed to have COVID-19. The employee is under the care of their health care provider and they are working with public health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to receive the best care possible.

While we cannot – and would not – disclose the name of this employee, we want to share some additional details about the employee’s potential exposure to our workforce and the steps we are taking in response to this situation:

The employee recently returned to work following a vacation and worked one day before coming down with symptoms. It has been three days since the employee was in the facility. Rockport Works will be conducting a thorough deep clean of areas where the employee may have come into contact.  Until then we will relocate employees out of the affected areas. These steps are in addition to the normal cleaning and sanitation efforts already in place throughout the facility. We are going through a process to identify all employees who had significant, direct contact with this employee and will quarantine those employees for 14 days to avoid the potential of further exposure. We are in continued communication with public health officials and medical professionals who are guiding our response.

Eyewitness News has reached out to the union and AK Steel but we have not received any comment.

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(This story was originally published on March 23, 2020)


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