Newell Brands: 31 cases of COVID-19 at Maryville plant since coronavirus pandemic’s beginning

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MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Newell Brands says 31 of its more than 600 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic started.

“We continue our diligent facility cleaning and sanitization, staggered shifts, mandatory masks, temperature checks, wellness screenings and physical distancing,” a spokesperson for Newell Brands said.

The number of cases has risen since the Rubbermaid facility reported having 13 cases on June 3. Initially, three cases were reported by the plant on May 26.

The Rubermaid plant is something of a hotspot of coronavirus cases for Blount County, which has only had 139 coronavirus cases, far fewer than Loudon, Sevier or Knox counties, according to state statistics.

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