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3 DuPont employees test positive for COVID-19

Posted at 5:46 PM, Apr 03, 2020

RICHMOND, Va. -- Three DuPont employees working in Chesterfield County have tested positive for COVID-19.

The employees working at the Spruance plant have tested positive for the virus, and following medical evaluation, are quarantined and recovering, according to a press release sent Friday.

Employees on site were promptly removed from the areas and deep cleaning and disinfection was conducted.

Dupont said that the following precautions are being taken:

  • Employees were not permitted to enter this work area until the deep cleaning was completed.
  • Only essential personnel are permitted to be on site until further notice, as per the previous guidance to our employees.
  • The DuPont Integrated Health Services Team has provided assistance to the impacted employees, and has made appropriate contact with other potentially impacted employees and have quarantined them.
  • We are providing these individuals with additional guidance and public health resources. We are also coordinating with local and state public health agencies.

COVID-19 Precautions

Most patients with COVID-19 have mild to moderate symptoms. However, in a small proportion of patients, COVID-19 can lead to more severe illness, including death, particularly among those who are older or those who have chronic medical conditions.

COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Symptoms appear within 14 days of being exposed to an infectious person.

Virginia health officials urged the following precautions:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid contact with sick people.Avoid non-essential travel.