SpaceX has placed at least 12 workers in quarantine after one worker and a medic at the company’s Southern California facility tested positive for, The Telegraph reported Tuesday.
Employees at the Hawthorne, California, plant were notified of the infections on Monday, The Telegraph reported, citing an email. One employee was diagnosed after traveling abroad, the newspaper reported.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has come under widespread criticism from government officials, industry watchdogs and many consumers for keeping his SpaceX and Tesla facilities open despite a statewide order requiring residents to stay home except for essential activities to stop the spread of coronavirus, which causes COVID-19.
After a protractedin Fremont, California, Tesla relented last week and announced it would Up until Monday’s closure, the electric car plant had been continuing production with a reduced staff and increased safety measures.
Musk initiallyon social media, but he has shown signs he’s starting to take COVID-19 more seriously. Earlier this week, he offered to join the raft of automakers investigating seen as key to fighting coronavirus.
SpaceX didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
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