GE Appliance Park factory workers fear COVID-19 is spreading

Factory workers we interviewed tell WHAS11 News that they believe every building should be closed because their lives are more important than equipment.

GE Appliance Park has closed one of its buildings over a possible but unconfirmed case of COVID-19. Factory workers we interviewed tell WHAS11 News that every building should be closed because their lives are more important than equipment.

“My throat really hurts,” said Josh Griffin, a factory worker in one of GE Appliance Park’s five manufacturing buildings. He said he caught something.

“My last day of work was yesterday,” he said.

When we checked in with him eight hours later, he couldn’t get up from the bed. “It’s hard to eat, it’s really hard to eat and swallow,” he told us.

He plans to return to his doctor because he said she was showing the signs of COVID-19.

He and dozens of other factory workers have told Focus investigative reporter Paula Vasan that her employer is not taking the coronavirus seriously.

“My fear is like up here, it’s through the roof,” said Veronica Clephas. She works in the same building where an employee showed possible symptoms of COVID-19 on Tuesday and was quarantined.

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GE Appliances, a unit of Haier in China, closed Building 3 for 48 hours from Tuesday to disinfect it. The other four buildings are still open. Clephas said she was worried about going back to work on Friday. She said she was afraid to call her managers to take time off.

“You call too often to lose your job,” said Clephas.

A spokesman for GE Appliances said he had taken precautions to keep employees safe. But factory workers said conditions were still dirty and shower curtains were not good enough as barriers.

“They offered those little masks too,” Clephas said, showing us a mask she had received. She said it would be better to be served elsewhere.

“There are hospitals that need these more than we do that make devices,” she said.

A spokesman for GE Appliances said they are enforcing social distancing and having a more stringent cleaning schedule. However, factory workers counter that it can’t stand a highly contagious virus.

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