DETROIT -- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said it is postponing work associated with test laboratories and pilot plants at its U.S. headquarters in Auburn Hills beginning Monday amid reports that a technical support worker there died after testing positive for COVID-19.
"This postponement will be reviewed on a regular basis and employees advised when we intend to resume operations," the company said in a statement. In addition, the company said, more workers will be allowed to work from home.
The Free Press said a "UAW member in Auburn Hills confirmed he was told by a UAW official that a non-union FCA employee had tested positive and died."
The paper reported that the worker was a man in his 50s "who provided technical support for dynamometers."
FCA said it has implemented an extensive program of cleaning and social-distancing protocols across all of its operations.
On Wednesday, FCA said it was suspending production at North American plants through the end of March. As of last week, two COVID-19 cases have been detected among FCA’s plant workers. One is employed at the Sterling Heights (Mich.) Assembly Plant, and the other works at a transmission plant in Kokomo, Ind.
Following an agreement with the UAW, FCA said it will begin operating its Mopar Parts Distribution Centers using hourly-paid volunteers beginning Monday.