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Health Officials Investigating COVID-19 Cases Among Employees At Fiat Chrysler Plant

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Health officials are investigating cases of COVID-19 associated with the Fiat Chrysler plant in Belvidere. Several local health departments are involved, including Boone and Winnebago counties.

While there are a number of cases associated with the plant, health officials have not confirmed if exposure to the virus occurred there.

Jodi Tinson is a spokesperson for the company. She says they aren’t doing any interviews but did release a statement saying that Fiat Chrysler has partnered with county health departments to ensure they’re taking every precaution necessary to protect employees.

 

The Belvidere plant will be observing its previously scheduled summer shutdown next week.

In the statement, the company encourages employees to continue practicing all recommended health and safety precautions in order to protect each other and restart safely on Aug. 24.

  • Juanpablo Ramirez-Franco is a 2020 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of the GroundTruth Project which is a national service program that places talented journalists in local newsrooms.

Juanpablo covers environmental, substandard housing and police-community relations. He’s been a bilingual facilitator at the StoryCorps office in Chicago. As a civic reporting fellow at City Bureau, a non-profit news organization that focuses on Chicago’s South Side, Ramirez-Franco produced print and audio stories about the Pilsen neighborhood. Before that, he was a production intern at the Third Coast International Audio Festival and the rural America editorial intern at In These Times magazine. Ramirez-Franco grew up in northern Illinois. He is a graduate of Knox College.