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Navistar Reports Two Bus Plant Employee COVID-19 Cases, Alorica Employees Worry About Safety

Posted at 10:38 PM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-30 23:36:07-04

TULSA, Okla. — UPDATE: Navistar now has two COVID-19 cases, both have yet to be verified by a doctor.

The first employee went in isolation in mid-March. The second employee is now also isolated.

Navistar sent 13 other employees home, as a precaution, 10 are back to work.


2 Works for You Problem Solvers are getting a lot of calls and emails from workers at two big companies in Tulsa -- the Alorica calling center and the Navistar bus plant.

The workers did not want to go on-camera, out of fear of losing their jobs, but sent in pictures showing employees working in close proximity. Some of them are in the assembly areas of the bus plant, others are in cubicles and eating areas of Alorica.

The employees say they are still required to do their jobs in close contact with each other.

The workers at the bus plant are also concerned they are being exposed to COVID-19 after one of them tested positive for it.

Workers from both facilities say the current sanitation measures are not enough to combat potential spread.

Both companies are considered essential businesses, so, they can stay open.

To address Alorica’s employees’ concerns, the company says they are maintaining distance and have separated tables in break areas and transitioned some employees to work from home. They say they are still transitioning others. Part of their statement reads, “Our site employs nearly 1,000 people, so this is a massive undertaking that we’re working around the clock to accomplish quickly.” It also says they are maintaining cleaning protocols.

Navistar says their coronavirus case at the bus plant has yet to be verified by a doctor and that they sent the employee home to quarantine for two weeks, as well as 13 others who might have come in contact with that person. Navistar’s statement also says they have implemented social distancing practices where possible. Where it is not, they say they put out cleaning supplies.

The City of Tulsa asks citizens to report businesses not in compliance with the state’s executive order to this number: 918-596-9222.

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