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Employee at Forsyth County manufacturing plant tests positive for the coronavirus
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Officials with Panduit Corporation confirmed Wednesday, March 18, 2020, that an employee at its Cumming location tested positive for COVID-19 caused by the novel coronavirus. - photo by Ben Hendren

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A Panduit Corporation employee recently tested positive for the coronavirus, leading the manufacturing company to close its plant located in Cumming.

Panduit spokeswoman Lisa Mattes said that the employee has since self-quarantined and the company has notified any employees that the person may have come into contact with of the positive test.

The plant has been temporarily shut down until Monday, March 23, and employees who are able are working from home. Since the plant has closed, Mattes said there have been no additional confirmed cases. Mattes said the plant was also thoroughly sanitized and cleaned after its closure.

“We have taken very aggressive measures to secure the health and safety of all employees there,” Mattes said.

When asked how the positive case in Georgia will affect the company’s decisions moving forward, Mattes said that they are working in tandem with CDC guidelines along with local government and health authorities.

The Georgia Department of Public Health has reported two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Forsyth County as of Wednesday morning.

Almost 200,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed around the world, according to the World Health Organization, including 4,226 in the U.S. and 197 in Georgia as of noon Wednesday.

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Officials with Panduit Corporation confirmed Wednesday, March 18, 2020, that an employee at its Cumming location tested positive for COVID-19 caused by the novel coronavirus. - photo by Ben Hendren