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Corteva confirms COVID-19 case in Johnston

By: - March 17, 2020 1:50 pm
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An employee at Corteva Agriscience’s Johnston campus tested positive for COVID-19 this week, the company confirmed.

Many employees were told to work at home beginning this week.

“We can confirm that an employee at our Johnston office has tested positive for COVID-19,” said company spokesman Gregg Schmidt, via email from company headquarters in Wilmington, Del.

The company has quarantined the employee and alerted state health officials, as required. Crews are deep-cleaning the complex. Many workers are stationed at home.

“The health and safety of our employees is our top priority,” Schmidt said. “We have informed the appropriate public health officials the employee is quarantined, and we are working to support the employee and their family at this time.

“Within our offices, following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other local authorities, as well as our own policies, we have taken significant actions to contain any potential spread,” Schmidt added. “This includes identification of, and outreach to, colleagues who had close contact with the impacted employee, advising self-quarantine, as well as appropriate cleaning and disinfection of the site.”

Workers were informed the employee was a lab worker. No other details were available.

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