John Deere has temporarily suspended production at its Dubuque Works factory to allow for enhanced measures to protect employees during the COVID-19 outbreak.
This weekend, the factory was notified of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in an employee of the facility.
Out of an abundance of caution, production is being briefly suspended beginning Monday, March 30, to ensure the safety of all factory personnel.
During the temporary closure the facility will undergo a thorough disinfection that meets or exceeds local and state health-department guidance -- including 3rd party industrial hygiene assessments.
The facility will also continue to strengthen and enhance processes in place to protect employees.
Factory employees will return to work via staggered, scheduled start-ups. Those able to work remotely during this time will continue to do so.