PASCAGOULA, Miss. (WXXV) — An employee at Ingalls Shipbuilding has tested positive for COVID-19.
The company said in a statement Sunday night, the employee will be quarantined for at least 14 days and will not return to work “until medical information confirms the employee does not present a risk to the workforce.”
According to the statement, the infected employee was assigned to “LPD 29, first shift” for the last two weeks.
Ingalls says they are working to determine where exactly the employee worked recently. They say they plan to contact anyone who may have been in contact with the infected person.
The company is encouraging any employee who believed they may have worked in close proximity with the infected employee to notify their immediate supervisor.
Ingalls employees can visit one of two screening centers on the shipyard. One is located across the road from the Ingalls Fire Department and another is located between the ARA cafeteria and Admin Building 2.
Several people on social media have raised concerns over the safety of continued work at Ingalls Shipyard, where more than 11,000 people are employed.
However, President of Ingalls Shipbuilding, Brian Cuccias, says, “The health and safety of our employees is our primary focus right now.”
Ingalls has set up a special coronavirus page on their website at https://ingalls.huntingtoningalls.com/Coronavirus/.