From August 7-14, 2020, we have had 61 new positive COVID-19 diagnoses at DENSO affiliates in North America. That brings our total to 317 positive diagnoses across the region.
|Country||Total Positive Diagnosis||Number of Deaths||Exposed in Community||Exposed at DENSO||Unable to Determine||Under Investigation|
Last week, we communicated that one (1) associate may have contracted the virus at work. After further investigation, additional information from the associate, and thorough contact tracing, it has been determined that the associate contracted the virus from a relative.
Even though this virus was confirmed to be contracted outside of work, we did identify opportunities for improvement – actions both the company and associates can take to continue to minimize risk.
We recognize that social distancing is difficult and sometimes easy to forget, so we are identifying areas that may need additional barriers. However, barriers alone will not minimize risk. We all play a role in minimizing risk by wearing face coverings correctly and at all times, adhering to safety barriers, and practicing good hygiene. We must also have a heightened awareness of our actions and how we work with others in this new normal, finding new ways to communicate and collaborate.
We will continue to evaluate our workspaces and consider how we can minimize population density in specific areas or improve safety barriers. We ask that associates also be engaged in diligently practicing safety first in all we do.
Contact tracing involves identifying people who have an infectious disease and their contacts (people who may have been exposed) and working with them to stop the spread. DENSO Safety and Health specialists work closely with DENSO Family Health Center experts and/or local public health departments to go through this process.
Contact tracing for COVID-19 typically involves:
Contact tracing can be a lengthy process depending on how many people an infected person interacted with, how long it takes to get test results for each person, and time spent monitoring symptoms. This is why we must continue to be persistent in our safety practices at DENSO and in our communities. DENSO has several safety measures and policies, such as social distancing and wearing face coverings, that, when diligently practiced, help reduce risk of spreading or contracting this virus.
We are committed to transparency in sharing COVID-19 cases, investigations and updates on our findings. We will continue to share this information with you, as well as implement additional safety measure as necessary to help ensure the safety of our associates.
Many have asked if DENSO will conduct regular COVID-19 testing on-site as part of our proactive safety measures. The answer is no.
We will continue to assess the situation and may reconsider this as an option for the future, but for now, we will not do regular mass testing of associates.