Pittsfield firm General Dynamics takes precautions after worker tests positive for coronavirus

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PITTSFIELD — General Dynamics Mission Systems on Tuesday began taking proactive measures to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus after an employee is believed to have contracted the illness.

The defense contractor learned late Monday that the Pittsfield-based employee is suspected to be "presumptive positive" for the coronavirus. Presumptive positive refers to cases that have tested positive at the state level and are pending official confirmation from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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The employee was quarantined and is being treated at a local medical facility, the company said. General Dynamics staff members have asked all coworkers who were in contact with this employee to remain home to self-quarantine and self-monitor, and have initiated CDC-recommended measures, including a thorough cleaning and disinfecting of the work area and common spaces that were used by this employee. The employee had used General Dynamics facilities several days over the past two weeks.

The county's second-largest employer, General Dynamics Mission Systems has 1,600 employees and 200 government officials stationed at its two facilities on Plastics Avenue.

Regular daily operations at both buildings have not been affected by the incident.

"The Pittsfield facility remains open for business," said Carlo Zaffanella, vice president and general manager of maritime and strategic systems for General Dynamics Mission Systems. "We are working closely with officials from Berkshire County to keep them apprised of our proactive measures.

"The health and safety of our employees, our Navy partners and our community is a top priority," Zaffanella said.

Tony Dobrowolski can be reached at tdobrowolski@berkshireeagle.com or 413-496-6224.



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