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Snap-on Elizabethton plant employee tested positive for COVID-19

John Thompson • Updated Apr 9, 2020 at 6:39 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Snap-on Tools reported Thursday that an employee at its Elizabethton hand tool manufacturing facility tested positive in March for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The employee has reportedly not been in the plant since late March, and fellow employees who had direct contact with the person have self quarantined and are receiving full pay and benefits.

According to a company statement, the employee said he was exposed to the virus through a contact outside of work and has not been in the building since March 25. The statement noted 14 days is the quarantine period recognized by the Center for Disease Control. The Snap-on statement said employees identified as having close contact with the infected worker were asked to self quarantine and have been out of the building since March 27. The statement said these workers have shown no signs of the virus.

Snap-on said that upon receiving notification about the employee who had tested positive for COVID-19, the area of the plant where the employee worked was immediately shut down for two days while the section was deep cleaned and sanitized. The factory has also increased daily cleaning and is frequently disinfecting all common areas to ensure a clean and safe workplace.

Snap-on said that where an associate has been identified for quarantine by a medical practitioner or appropriate authority as well as any associate identified as having had direct contact with that individual, Snap-on is providing their full pay and benefits for the quarantine period. Where possible, employees are working from home. Any employee who cannot work from home and is personally uncomfortable reporting to work has the option to either utilize vacation with full pay or take unpaid time off without prior notice and without any attendance penalties.

The company statement concluded by saying “Snap-on strives to remain open and operational, maintaining the viability of critical infrastructure and entities like the U.S. military, vehicle repair garages, and transportation fleets ... all of which enable crucial activities such as emergency services, food delivery, distribution of medical supplies, and a variety of other vital needs. These are activities the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has identified as “essential” within its guidance on the Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19.”

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