BREAKING NEWS: Employee of Rogersville's ABB tests positive for COVID-19

BREAKING NEWS: Employee of Rogersville’s ABB tests positive for COVID-19

Hawkins County had its first confirmed case of COVID-19 on Tuesday.

The Review confirmed around 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday that an employee of the ABB manufacturing facility (formerly known as Baldor Electric Company) in Rogersville has tested positive for COVID-19.

”We can confirm that an employee of the ABB manufacturing facility in Rogersville, Tennessee, tested positive for COVID-19,” Tracy Long, Vice President for Communications at ABB told the Review today. “We have taken – and will continue to take – all necessary precautionary measures, following the applicable guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC). While continuing to monitor the situation, we will keep updating our employees with further guidance as necessary, and will take appropriate measures to mitigate the impact for our customers.”

As a precaution, ABB shut down on Tuesday and hired a contractor to scrub and sanitize the plant.

As of Thursday morning, the Tennessee Department of Health’s County Case Count listed only the one confirmed case.