There’s new information known about COVID-19 cases associated with the Fiat Chrysler assembly plant in Belvidere.
Health officials from the Boone and Winnebago county health departments have been working closely with Fiat Chrysler to identify cases of COVID-19 at the Belvidere plant. The goal is to determine whether cases among workers were through community spread, or if there was an outbreak within the plant itself.
The Boone County Health Department says some of the steps taken include: conference calls with FCA management, locating where positive cases reside, contact tracing of those cases and close contacts, and a site visit to the plant to review safety plans.
Based on the latest information available, health officials believe cases that occurred at the plant were the result of community spread. Company officials will continue to partner with local health authorities to monitor any positive cases among employees.
- 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.