The partial reopening of the U.S. economy amid the coronavirus outbreak includes automaker Ford (F), which on Monday began operation of factories with new safety measures like socially distanced workstations and temperature screenings.
But a forthcoming protection may prove most important: testing.
Jim Hackett, the president and CEO of Ford, told Yahoo Finance that the company will “likely” conduct daily coronavirus testing of employees at its auto factories when the technology becomes available.
“Testing right now isn’t reliable enough that we would test people every day,” Hackett says. “But we believe that will be coming soon — and that’s likely to be in the protocols.”
To reopen plants, Ford stocked facilities with disinfectant and protective equipment, and it plans to institute daily and weekly cleanings, as well as daily COVID-19 surveys that require workers to confirm the absence of symptoms before gaining entry to a factory, according to a guidebook