Worker at United Taconite tests positive for COVID-19

An employee at United Taconite has tested positive for COVID-19. An employee at United Taconite has tested positive for COVID-19. | 

Updated: July 08, 2020 12:55 PM

An employee at United Taconite has tested positive for COVID-19. Cleveland-Cliffs, owner and operator of the facility, confirmed the information on Wednesday morning. 

Pat Persico, Director of Corporate Communications, shared more. "The worker was out of the workplace when they tested positive. When the employee was exhibiting symptoms, the worker was sent home and not permitted in the workplace. We take this very seriously. We have protocols in place."

She added that anyone in contact with that person is going to be quarantined. Other details about the employee are not being released, to protect their privacy.

Persico added in a statemet, "When there is a reported case, Cleveland-Cliffs handles the case with the utmost respect to privacy, while also informing potentially affected staff and health officials as required, and taking swift measures to mitigate spread of the virus."

United Taconite's mine is in Eveleth, and the pellet plant is in Forbes.

Cliffs has been doing extra sanitizing and cleaning, social distancing, and requiring masks. They also require daily temperature checks.

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