In an attempt to get a COVID-19 outbreak under control, Hamilton’s National Steel Car will voluntarily shut down its operations for two weeks.
In a statement today (April 23), the city said the manufacturing company currently has 18 cases in multiple areas of the facility — indicative of a facility-wide outbreak.
“Public Health Services recommended National Steel Car shut down operations as a necessary measure to get this outbreak under control,” according to the city.
“National Steel Car is cooperating with the outbreak investigation and infection prevention and control measures being recommended and undertaken in order to protect the health and safety of their staff, their families and the community.”
The company employs approximately 2,000 people, according to its website.
“We have become aware that several members of our team have tested positive for COVID-19,” said National Steel Car, adding that the shutdown will be done out of an abundance of caution and in consultation with Public Health.
“All administrative and engineering functions will continue on-site, adhering to our strict COVID-19 protocols.”
The city says it will continue to monitor Hamilton’s local situation regarding COVID-19 and variants within the community.
Photo courtesy National Steel Car Facebook page