RED BAY, Ala. (WAAY) — Tiffin Motorhomes has had 11 employees test positive for the coronavirus in its five facilities.
While the business has a plant in Belmont, the main facility is in Red Bay, Alabama, which employs 1,100 people. It’s had eight positive cases, and those employees are at home quarantining. Tiffin officials said six of the eight employees who tested positive in the Red Bay facility were asymptomatic.
Officials also said one of the employees who tested positive at the Red Bay facility has a spouse who works at a local nursing home. Officials would not name the nursing home. Right now, Burns Rehabilitation and Nursing Home in Russellville is the only nursing home with a confirmed outbreak in Franklin County.
Tony Riley, the chief legal officer of Tiffin Motorhomes, said they shut down the plants from March 13 to April 6 to buy masks, face shields and personal protective equipment and to develop a safety plan.
“Best way to combat it is being transparent,” said Riley.
The business is doing mass testing of employees, temperature checks at gates and is giving all employees personal protective equipment. CDC guidelines are also posted throughout the facilities.
There is also a limit on the number of employees allowed in a break room, and they are required to practice social distancing. They're also sanitizing when a positive case is confirmed, along with doing routine sanitizing.
The business has a full-time nurse and EMT on staff to check on employees. Employees with underlying conditions, like heart issues, are furloughed currently.
More than 100 Tiffin Motorhomes employees have been tested. The business says it’s also texting employees daily to update them on safety efforts.