The GE Aviation plant won't reopen before 6 a.m. Thursday.

The company announced during the weekend it was temporarily closing the plant for cleaning and sanitizing after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. 

The facility, which employs 1,400 people, originally was supposed to reopen Wednesday, but a GE spokesman said late Tuesday afternoon, the reopening had been pushed back a day to allow "additional time for cleaning and reorganizing some of the work stations to enable social distancing."

Employees have also been told to be prepared for screening before they return to work.

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Gordon has been a reporter for the Rutland Herald for nearly 20 years. A Castleton State College graduate, he's covered beats from the West county to the city, cops and courts and everything in between.

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Employees have not been "told to be prepared for screening before they return to work." Not the ones I've spoken to at least. You really should start also talking to Rutland employees when you get these press releases. They're probably written by someone in a corporate office somewhere and don't come from Rutland at all.


A screening consists of a series of questions and your temperature being taken. Unfortunately, this is the new normal all over the place. If you’re not showing any symptoms and have not been exposed to someone with COVID-19 then you have nothing to worry about.

It’s really not a big deal...


The nature of the screening isn't the point. The point is that employees AREN'T getting all the information that GE claims they are getting. The press releases are significantly different from what employees are being told and experiencing within the walls of GE IM Rutland.


They still have no information for employees calling to find out if they were exposed. You can have no symptoms for 2 weeks or more and be spreading it to others around you. Checking for a fever is meaningless for the asymptomatic cases. An employee of Boeing in WA just died prompting them to finally shut down. Is GE waiting for some deaths too? Criminal charges are very much warranted if any deaths result from this.


Here's a story for you to explore Rutland Herald. The Lynn GE plant is unionized and here is what the union there is saying about GE's lack of respect for their workers' health:

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