Tesla is attempting to guarantee its 55,000 staff that there hasn’t been an enormous coronavirus outbreak at firm services worldwide, regardless of a report by an electrical automobile business web site that over 130 Tesla staff or contractors have examined constructive. In an e-mail to employees Wednesday night time, the corporate stated that since January it has had fewer than 10 circumstances of the virus that causes COVID-19 that had been transmitted within the office.
But the e-mail from Laurie Shelby, Tesla’s vp of environmental, security and well being, additionally confirmed experiences that Tesla is trying into greater than 130 constructive checks amongst staff, together with those that contracted the virus outdoors of Tesla services. She stated lower than 0.25 p.c of staff worldwide have examined constructive for the novel coronavirus, which equals simply over 137 employees.
Her message got here in response to a report by Electrek.co that over 130 Tesla staff or contractors have examined constructive, and tons of extra are ready for check outcomes. The web site stated it based mostly the report on inner firm knowledge.
Shelby wrote that the story referred to knowledge “that was within the means of being validated” and included staff worldwide who could have been contaminated however by no means entered a Tesla web site, or had been contaminated at house whereas Tesla’s operations had been shut down earlier within the yr. A Tesla spokesman wouldn’t touch upon the report or the e-mail, which was obtained by The Associated Press.
“Nearly all — greater than 99.99 p.c — of those occurrences weren’t circumstances of virus transmitted at work,” Shelby wrote within the e-mail. “Most of the constructive circumstances resulted from a person dwelling with or touring with somebody with COVID-19 and have returned to work after recovering from house.”
Shelby wrote that Tesla does not have any staff in severe situation anyplace on the planet due to COVID-19.
A message was left Thursday looking for touch upon the numbers from the general public well being division in Alameda County, California, which incorporates Fremont, the placement of Tesla’s solely US meeting plant. The manufacturing unit employs about 10,000 employees.
Some employees have refused to return to the plant out of worry of catching the virus. They did so after CEO Elon Musk in May defied Health Department orders not to restart manufacturing underneath shutdown orders due to the virus.
Some Tesla employees and labour activists say the corporate is threatening to fireplace staff who have not returned, however Tesla officers have stated claims about firings aren’t true. Workers say they’ve heard about COVID-19 circumstances on the plant however they do not know numbers. They have referred to as on the corporate and well being division to launch the figures.
However, Shelby wrote within the e-mail that an worker survey discovered the overwhelming majority of employees really feel snug with the security measures being taken by the corporate.
Among the measures are elevated cleansing, limiting entry to services, temperature checks for workers earlier than they enter buildings, staggered shifts to hold employees aside, further boundaries between staff, and offering protecting gear, Shelby wrote.
She urged employees to put on masks or face coverings to keep wholesome and save lives and warned that failing to put on masks the place required, or not carrying them correctly, will deliver disciplinary actions. She additionally wrote that employees ought to keep house in the event that they’re sick.
Musk reopened the Fremont plant May 11 in defiance of county orders. The well being division had deemed the manufacturing unit a nonessential enterprise that may’t totally open underneath virus restrictions, however Tesla contended it was important underneath federal tips.
The subsequent day, nonetheless, the Health Department introduced that the plant might return to manufacturing so long as it delivers on employee security precautions that it agreed to.