Tesla Plant Elon Musk Reopened Logged A whole bunch of Infections
More than 400 employees at a Tesla plant in California tested positive for the coronavirus between May and December. This is evident from public health data released from a transparency website.
The data provides a first glimpse into virus cases at Tesla, whose managing director Elon Musk downplayed the severity of the coronavirus crisis and reopened the plant in May, contrary to the guidelines of the local health authorities.
Automakers across the country stopped production and closed the plants for two months from mid-March to mid-May last year. After production resumed, other automakers publicly announced when workers had tested positive for the virus and stopped production to prevent further infections among employees and to disinfect work areas.
However, Tesla has released little information about coronavirus cases from employees.
The data was retrieved from the PlainSite website, which is committed to making legal and regulatory documents publicly available. It showed that 440 cases were reported at the Tesla plant, which employs around 10,000 people. The number of cases rose from fewer than 11 in May to 125 in December.