More employees test positive for COVID-19 at Carrier manufacturing facility

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) – The coronavirus spread through a central Indiana manufacturing company this week, infecting at least three additional employees Saturday.

13News has learned that there are now a total of five people who work at Carrier on West Morris Street in Indianapolis who have tested positive for COVID-19 since Monday, when two people were sent home.

One of the male employees who tested positive in these latest cases had no signs or symptoms often associated with the virus. He’s encouraging not only his coworkers at Carrier to get tested, but everyone.

According to an official at Union Steele Workers of America Local Union 1999, who represents employees at Carrier, the union was waiting on an email from the company on Monday about the first two cases that resulted in the shutdown of one production line.

The rest of the plant reportedly stayed open but employees for that particular line were sent home.

The remaining employees were eventually told by Carrier managers that they had the option of staying at work or going home if they felt like they may have had contact with the sick employees.

But according to sources, any employee who decided to leave would have to have a doctors note clearing them to come back to work and provide proof of a negative test.

Some employees have expressed concerns about the cleaning practices following the positive results.

Carrier reportedly uses an outside company contracted for cleaning the facility which is now also responsible for cleaning to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

No word if the cleaning company has undergone special training for COVID-19 cleaning.