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Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter / Tape is used to mark off lines at the Volkswagen Conference Center on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 in Chattanooga, Tenn. The conference center is being used as a screening room as employees at the assembly plant return to work following a nearly two month shutdown due to the coronavirus.

Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant on Friday reported a second incident of COVID-19 at its facility.

The company said an employee reported mild, flu-like symptoms on Saturday, May 16, while a contractor reported flu-like symptoms on Monday, May 18. Neither of the individuals had entered the plant since Friday May 15, prior to the production restart on Sunday, according to VW.

The company said that all CDC protocols were followed in rapid-response, and all areas that may have been exposed to the affected individuals received an additional deep cleaning and disinfecting. Both individuals reported positive for COVID-19 and are on medical leave in quarantine for the recommended 14 days, the company said.

All potentially exposed employees were wearing proper PPE when around the affected individuals, and each has been contacted and tested as a precautionary measure.

Also, last week, a contractor for VW who was assigned to an isolated area of the factory, which was then closed except for limited maintenance activities, was exposed to COVID-19 and tested positive, the company earlier said.

VW said the exposed contractor's test came back positive, as did two individuals who carpooled to work. 

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