Zoll Medical‘s Pawtucket, R.I. facility — which manufacturers parts for ventilators and defibrillators — has seen 75 cases of COVID-19, according to a report in The Providence Journal.
Zoll learned of the outbreak in late March, sending all the plant workers home April 2–6 as it cleaned the facility and reoriented the workspace, Zoll Medical President Elijah White told the newspaper. Most of the cases worked the same shift. Some of the second-shift workers have started to come back, as long as they’re not sick.
There were no deaths.
White noted the important work conducted at the plant. “We owe them all,” White said of the workers.
The company has been busy working on a $350.1 million contract from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service to produce 18,900 ventilators by July 3.