DETROIT — Two Fiat Chrysler Automobiles factory employees who tested positive for COVID-19 have died, a UAW spokesperson said Tuesday. They are the first U.S. auto plant workers known to have died after contracting the virus.
One of the employees worked at FCA’s Ram pickup plant in Sterling Heights, Mich. The other worked at a plant in Kokomo, Ind.
It was unclear when the workers died.
The UAW spokesman did not have any information about the people and was unable to confirm whether they were the same two workers who were already known to have tested positive earlier this month at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant and the Kokomo Transmission plant. An FCA spokeswoman, citing privacy reasons, didn’t have any information to share.
“I want to extend sincere sympathies from myself and the entire International Executive Board for the families of two of our members … who have lost their lives to this virus,” UAW President Rory Gamble said in a statement. “This is a terrible tragedy…