Pactiv employee tests positive for COVID-19


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KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) On Monday, Pactiv received notification that an individual working at its Kinston facility tested positive for COVID-19.

The employee who tested positive remains on leave from work with financial support.

All employees at the Kinston facility were notified of the positive case of COVID-19 within the facility and the Company’s actions taken.

Pactiv responded to this reported case based on advice from medical experts and guidance from the CDC and other health agencies.

A thorough close contact tracing was completed and any employee identified as a “close contact”, as defined by the CDC, was contacted by Human Resources for further direction.

Any required cleaning was completed in compliance with CDC guidance.

In addition to executing the Company’s response plan for a positive case of COVID-19, the Company continues to execute the following proactive measures:

• All employees, contractors, or visitors are screened daily upon entry to the building including temperature checks. Individuals are not permitted to gain entrance if they have a temperature over 100.4 degrees or are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19, as defined by the CDC.
• Social distancing is required and enforced throughout the plant.
• Facemasks have been provided to all employees and are required to be worn at all times.

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