MasterBrand reports 3 employees test positive with COVID-19

Toyota Indiana officials confirm new COVID-19 cases among employees

MasterBrand reports 3 employees test positive with COVID-19
(Source: WFIE)

INDIANA (WFIE) - The Indiana State Department of Health is reporting 676 more Hoosiers have tested positive for COVID-19 and 48 more have died.

The state now has 29,936 total positive cases and 1,764 total deaths.

Gibson County health officials say they had a resident pass away that had a history of COVID-19.

Indiana Toyota officials confirmed Thursday that some of their employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

14 News received several tips about possible new cases at Toyota in Gibson County and company officials confirmed the news after we reached out to them.

We asked for clarification on the number and whether the cases are new since the previous tip cases were confirmed. We are waiting to hear back.

Toyota spokesperson Stacy Carr told 14 News when new positive cases are discovered, employees are required to go into self-isolation and won’t return to work until a physician clears them.

She says Toyota will keep working with federal, state, and local health officials and will keep following their guidance on protocols.

Dubois County Health Department officials tell us they have six new cases on as of Thursday. This brings their county total to 169.

Officials with MasterBrand Cabinets have reported that three more employees at their Dubois County facility have tested positive with COVID-19.

A MasterBrand spokesperson sent out the following statement on Thursday:

There have been three confirmed cases over the last week, bringing the total to 8 for a workforce of about 1800 people. There had been additional deep cleaning measures taken since the last time any of these confirmed cases had been in the facility, so that’s why there was not a temporary closure.

Worker safety is our top priority. We have been following or exceeding CDC guidelines during the COVID-19 crisis and have put in place a number of enhanced safety measures and strict protocols to protect our employees. We have increased physical distancing in the building, provided face coverings to our employees and have increased the frequency of our everyday cleaning.

We are paying close attention to developments regarding the recently reported cases at nearby businesses, and will be evaluating whether or not additional measures need to be taken. We are committed to provide our employees with an environment where they feel comfortable and safe.

The Indiana state coronavirus map is showing that four more people have tested positive in Vanderburgh County. They have a total of 229 cases in the county.

The state map shows that Warrick County has had three more people test positive for the virus.

Here are the case numbers in our Indiana counties.

  • Vanderburgh Co. - 229 cases, 2 deaths
  • Dubois Co. - 169 cases, 2 deaths
  • Warrick Co. - 157 cases, 26 deaths
  • Perry Co. - 28 cases
  • Posey Co. -16 cases
  • Gibson Co. - 13 cases, death
  • Spencer Co. - 13 cases, 1 death
  • Pike Co. - 5 cases

On Wednesday, Gov. Eric Holcomb and state leaders announced that most of the state is now just days away from entering Stage 3 of the reopening plan.

He says stage 3 will start Friday now, instead of Sunday.

Under Stage 3:

  • People can gather in groups up to 100
  • Restaurant dining rooms remain at 50 percent capacity
  • Retail stores and malls open to 75 percent capacity
  • Gyms, YMCAs and fitness studios can open with restrictions
  • Community pools and camp grounds can open
  • Recreational sports practices may begin (except contact sports such as football and lacrosse)
  • Youth summer day camps may begin June 1
  • State park inns will be reopening
  • Raceways can reopen without fans

The governor's order on Friday will also do the following:

  • Extends prohibition on turning off utilities
  • Extends prohibition on filing mortgage foreclosures and evictions
  • Extends deadlines to acquire or renew driver licenses, vehicle registrations, etc.

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