Two additional DENSO manufacturing employees have contracted COVID-19.

A document was emailed and sent by text to DENSO workers on Wednesday, July 8, stating two employees at the Maryville plant had tested positive for the coronavirus. One works in Building 202 and the other works in Buildings 203 and 204. Both employees have not been on DENSO’s campus since July 2.

DENSO Corporate Communications Manager Bridgette LaRose confirmed the two cases to The Daily Times and released an official statement on behalf of DENSO:

“There is no evidence the cases are related as the employees work in separate buildings,” LaRose said. “We consulted with our medical professionals and ensured proper notifications have taken place. As per (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines and DENSO’s stringent and aggressive safety protocols, areas where the employees worked have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected by a third-party cleaning company.”

Seven DENSO Maryville employees have tested positive for the coronavirus since March.

“Evidence indicates this was due to community spread outside the workplace,” LaRose said.

There are more than 5,000 employees and contract workers who perform duties at the Maryville facility.

LaRose said DENSO was founded on a culture of safety, and it remains integral to the company’s mission.

“When the pandemic first began, the company quickly enhanced its safety protocols by requiring face coverings, conducting thermal and health screenings, enhancing sanitization efforts throughout campus and practicing social distancing whenever possible,” LaRose said. “As the risk in our community continues to grow, we encourage all employees to please be vigilant with safety practices both inside and outside of work. We’re counting on our team to stay healthy, help maintain business continuity and keep our economy moving.”

LaRose said the Maryville plant will continue operations with those safety measures in place.

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