Ford has announced that they will offer testing COVID-19 testing for hourly and salaried employees displaying coronavirus symptoms. The car company made this announcement as they prepare to open facilities in four cities this month. In doing so, they will be bringing back upwards of 12,000 employees who’s jobs cannot be done remotely.
The auto tech company will use the PCR method of testing for its employees. As they expand their efforts, they will work with Beaumont Health, the University of Louisville, Liberty Hospital and the University of Chicago Medical Center to offer testing in their respective cities. Ultimately, Ford hopes to get back testing results in 24 hours for those tested. If an employee tests positive, the company will notify those who they may have come in contact with. From there, those employees will self-quarantine for two weeks. However, it has not been reported what benefits will be offered to those who test positive on the job.
Ford is one of the nation’s largest employers. To be specific, they employee more than 70,000 people in Michigan, Kentucky, Missouri and Illinois.
Ford distribution centers opened May 11, 2020. Production and operations at designated facilities are expected to resume on May 18, 2020.