Case IH suspending production at G.I. plant starting Friday, due to COVID-19

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) The Central District Health Department Tuesday reported a second COVID-19 death in Hall County. The death was a woman in her 60’s who was hospitalized.

With daily reports of new cases of COVID-19 in central Nebraska, the Central District Health Department expects to see a large increase of cases in the area. (KSNB)

Teresa Anderson with the Central District said that limited testing from the National Guard for health care workers is being further limited due to issues of testing supplies.The district said they were making adjustments accordingly in order to facilitate testing 150 health care workers today and tomorrow. Anderson said only healthcare workers and emergency responders with their name on the roster will be allowed in the area and will be tested.

The guard was to set up a testing site at Fonner Park on an appointment basis only for those on the roster.

Anderson said the district is in week 2 of an 8 week process. Anderson said cases start building up in week 2-3 and continue building, then level off in weeks 7-8. And that right now is a critical time and what we do as far as social distancing and staying safe will determine what the numbers look like in the weeks to come.

Mike Shaefer, General Manager for Case IH said that they have been monitoring the situation and taking extra precautions. He said in light of the continuing emergency they will be suspend production at the Grand Island site after Thursday April 9, to keep workforce safe.

Grand Island Mayor Roger Steele said they continue to monitor the situation and will give updates as they come.

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