Farm equipment company reports 9 cases of COVID-19

Staff reports
Farm Forum

HORACE, N.D. — A Fargo-area agricultural product company reported Thursday, April 16, that nine of its employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

Norwood Sales had its first coronavirus case confirmed on April 1, according to plant manager Rick Sitte, who said the infected employee and two others who tested positive have recovered and returned to work.

Nineteen other tests for COVID-19 have come back negative, the company said April 16.

On April 9, Norwood Sales closed its Horace plant for 24 hours to be professionally disinfected, Sitte said. The plant is now disinfected every night and employees have their temperatures taken upon arrival to work.

Norwood Sales, which employs 255 people, said in a statement that it holds daily meetings with all workers to provide updates on positive and negative test numbers. The company said it is also instructing employees to practice social distancing and good hygiene habits.

Sitte said Norwood Sales will continue to follow guidelines from the North Dakota Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The company said it is working to acquire additional personal protective equipment for workers.