MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — According to updates posted on ship builder Austal’s public website another employee and a contractor have tested positive for COVID-19. The latest employee works the 1st shift and was last on the work site May 8th. That person’s case was confirmed on May 13th.
The contractor was last at the central Mobile warehouse on May 4th. The case was confirmed on May 11th. There are now a total of 8 employees who’ve tested positive, one contractor, and another person listed as “other.”
Austal has about 3,700 employees, one of the region’s largest employers. The number of confirmed cases, Austal points out, is a very small percentage. Fewer than 1 in 530 employees have been confirmed COVID-19.
But there’s good news too. Austal tells WKRG News 5 that 3 of those employee, nearly half, have already recovered and been cleared.
The latest employee’s positive status was just confirmed Wednesday. But that person has not been on the job since March 24th.
An 8th individual listed on the website is neither an employee, nor a contractor, but is listed as “other”.
6 of the employees work the first shift, which is to be expected since that’s the shift the majority of Austal’s employees work. Only one is on the second shift.
Today Austal delivered about 120 3D printed straps for masks to help workers at a local hospital stay safe. Austal tells News 5 that it’s also doing what it can to keep its own employees health, saying that work areas are being sanitized and their best efforts are being made for social distancing. Employees, however, have told us the nature of their work makes social distancing nearly impossible.
Despite a statewide shut down, Austal has remained open as its defense work for the U.S. Navy is considered essential. Austal is Mobile’s largest industrial employer with approximately 4,000 employees. So far with 7 positive cases, that’s less than one case for every 530 workers.
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