NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) An employee at the Moen plant in New Bern has tested positive for COVID-19, officials said.
Craven County Public Health Director, Scott Harrelson, said a male employee at Moen has tested positive for coronavirus.
The employee was asymptomatic while at work.
The employee started experiencing symptoms the next day and did not go back to work.
Health department workers have been in contact with Moen management.
They have also been doing contact tracing to find who had been in contact with the employee before that person showed symptoms.
According to Harrelson, they believe the risk to other employees is “extremely low.”
Harrelson says Moen decided to shut down on Tuesday and will be closed Wednesday to allow for disinfecting.
Moen released the following statement:
“The health and wellbeing of all our Moen associates and the communities in which we live and work is our top priority, and we’ve been implementing CDC and WHO safety protocols—including deep cleaning and disinfecting work spaces—at all of our facilities to help prevent the spread of viral infections.
On Tuesday, we became aware that an employee at our New Bern facility had tested positive for COVID-19.
That individual has been self-quarantined at home since last week, when they first suspected they may be becoming ill. We’ve spoken to any colleagues the employee may have come in contact with to alert them of the situation and to request that they follow CDC guidelines and self-quarantine for 14 days. We immediately closed the facility for sanitation.
We also immediately contacted local health officials who characterized the risk to other workers at the facility as extremely low. Out of an abundance of caution, we brought in a third party to deep clean and disinfect the workplace on Wednesday. This was the second disinfection and sanitization completed by a third party since the individual was last on site.
The federal and state governments consider Moen an essential contributor in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, and Moen takes seriously its role in manufacturing plumbing products that provide safe environments.
The facility is reopening Thursday, April 2, with voluntary work through Thursday, April 9 (Friday, April 10 is a work holiday), to support our employees’ various personal situations. The facility will resume normal plant operations on Monday, April 13. We continue to follow the stringent safety measures we’ve put in place to combat the disease and to protect our employees and the communities in which they live.
We have gone beyond CDC guidelines to enhance the safety of this facility. We’d like to thank the employee for staying home when they suspected they may have been ill, and we are hoping for their full recovery. During these times, we have been emphasizing that our employees should stay home if they feel sick or have a sick family member at home. Additionally, we have been offering employees options for taking time off, and we continue to encourage employees to utilize those options.”