Infection of COVID-19 recently reported at NGK Work Site in Japan (as of April 16)
April 16, 2020
On April 15, NGK INSULATORS, LTD. (President Taku Oshima; Headquarters: Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan; hereafter “NGK”) newly confirmed that an NGK employee working at NGK CERAMIC DEVICE CO., LTD. (Komaki City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan), a group company of NGK, have tested positive for COVID-19.
1. Status of employee
Employee E (male in his 20s)
The employee in question (Employee “E”) was a close contact of the NGK employees who tested positive for COVID-19 on April 7. They worked on the same floor. Employee E has not come to work since April 8. Due to poor health condition, Employee E underwent a COVID-19 virus test on April 15 and the test returned positive on the same day. The employee has not traveled abroad within the last 14 days.
2. Current status
We disinfected the buildings in which Employee E and any members who came into contact with the employee in question worked and the facilities on April 8. All employees on the floor where the employee worked have already been on standby at home since April 8. We are monitoring their health conditions and are working with the competent public health center to identify those with high levels of contact.
The employee in question works in the engineering department of in-vehicle sensor (non-production department) and the operation of the plant is not affected.
We sincerely apologize for any anxiety or concern that this news might cause people in the immediate and surrounding regions.
We will continue to ensure the well-being and safety of local residents, customers, all employees, and their families in cooperation with related parties. NGK is committed to take prompt and appropriate action to minimize the spread of COVID-19.