Shaw & Interface React to Employee COVID-19 Cases

Dalton, GA, March 23, 2020-Employees of both Shaw Industries and Interface have tested positive for COVID-19. 

An employee at a Shaw Industries’ plant in Cartersville, Georgia, tested positive for COVID-19, reports the Chattanooga Times Free Press, informing the company on March 20. 

“Susan Farris, the vice president of sustainability and corporate communications at Shaw, said the plant was closed temporarily and the Dalton-based company is having a third-party cleaning service disinfect the workplace. 

"‘Associates who have had close contact with the confirmed case will self-quarantine,’" Farris said in an email response. 

The plant employs 400 individuals. Farris said employees are expected to return to the plant on Monday, and the company's business operations will not be affected. The affected plant, Plant 12, produces commercial broadloom products. 

“Cartersville is in Bartow County, the county in Georgia with the second most confirmed cases behind Fulton. The Georgia Department of Public Health reported at noon on Saturday that Bartow County had 56 confirmed cases. The whole state has 507.” 

In addition, The LaGrange Daily News reports that a company at Interface’s West Point, Georgia facility tested positive last week.

As of March 18, both the company’s West Point and LaGrange facilities were closed. Post cleaning, the sites will reopen on March 24.

Troup County, where the West Point facility is located, is reporting four COVID-19 cases as of March 23.