Two Tesla staff have examined constructive for COVID-19, the illness attributable to the novel coronavirus, in accordance with an e mail despatched to staff on Thursday morning.
The observe, despatched by Tesla’s vp of environmental and security division Laurie Shelby, didn’t disclose the places of the employees or their job sorts, however famous that each had been working from house for “nearly two weeks” and had not proven any signs whereas within the workplace. This marks the primary time Tesla, which employs practically 50,000 individuals, has disclosed that a few of its staff have examined constructive for the illness attributable to the novel coronavirus.
Thursday’s disclosure comes after Tesla CEO Elon Musk has repeatedly downplayed the general public response to the pandemic and unfold misinformation in regards to the virality of the coronavirus. Earlier this month, in an e mail encouraging staff at his rocket manufacturing firm SpaceX to proceed to return to work, Musk wrote that they have been extra more likely to die from a automobile accident than from the coronavirus. SpaceX’s workplaces, which stay open, reported their first two confirmed cases of COVID-19 to staff earlier this week.
A Tesla spokesperson didn’t instantly return a request for remark.
“Their direct coworkers, who were already working from home for nearly two weeks as well, were immediately notified so they can quarantine and watch for symptoms,” learn the e-mail, which was despatched Thursday morning. “In both cases interactions with the individuals had a low likelihood of transmission based on the minimal staff onsite and social distancing measures we took earlier this month.”
Not all Tesla employees acquired the e-mail. One one who works at Tesla’s manufacturing facility in Fremont, California, the corporate’s important vehicle manufacturing hub within the United States, mentioned they didn’t obtain any notification from administration. That manufacturing facility stopped producing automobiles on the finish of day on Monday, after native authorities deemed Tesla a nonessential enterprise following a protracted back-and-forth wherein the corporate tried to maintain its manufacturing website open regardless of a county-wide ordinance to “shelter in place.”
“As we have said before, please do not feel obligated to come to work if you are uncomfortable, even if you are in essential operations,” Shelby’s wrote within the e mail.
This week, Musk seems to have taken the specter of the coronavirus and its societal influence extra severely. He promised that he would shift operations at Tesla and SpaceX services to assist produce respiratory apparatuses wanted for ailing sufferers and delivered greater than 1,200 ventilators sourced from China for US hospitals on Tuesday.