ArcelorMittal Liberia Reports One Positive COVID-19 Case

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"AML had planned for this possible scenario and put in place stringent measures throughout our three-county Concession," the company said in a statement.

Investigation ongoing to establish possible source of infection, company says.

ArcelorMittal Liberia (AML) informs the public that a member of its workforce in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, has tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID19). This positive result comes after the person originally tested negative 14 days ago on 30th April 2020.

Even though the earlier test was negative, the employee and family have remained in precautionary isolation since that time and will continue in isolation following this new test. The family is feeling well and not showing any symptoms. ArcelorMittal Liberia is providing all necessary support.

Contact tracing was launched at the time to track those with whom the staff might have come in contact with, and a number of staff were placed in precautionary isolation. Their condition has been monitored by suitably qualified doctors, with none displaying symptoms of COVID-19.

The relevant county and national health authorities are closely involved and the County Health Team is overseeing management of the case.

An investigation is ongoing to establish the possible source of infection.

“AML had planned for this possible scenario and put in place stringent measures throughout our three-county Concession,” the company said in a statement. “These regulations are aimed at limiting the spread of the disease and include: mandatory wearing of face masks; setup of hand-washing facilities; Enforcement of social distancing measures; closure of businesses operating in the Concession at 3 p.m. daily; and working from home (where possible).

“As a responsible business partner to Liberia and a company that places high importance on the health, safety and wellbeing of its workforce and the public, AML has been a pro-active key player in the fight against the Coronavirus.”

The Company said it has also ordered additional medical supplies and equipment for its hospitals and is also supporting the fight against COVID-19 at the community, county, and governmental levels. The company has so far provided well over US$100,000 worth of medical equipment and supplies and in-kind support to the government of Liberia through the Ministry of Health.

“An overriding commitment to the health and safety of our people as well as contributing beyond our own operations is a fundamental part of our business values and who we are as a company. We will continue to work closely with our partners and stakeholders throughout this crisis.”

3 COMMENTS

  1. So far the company has provided over one hundred thousand US dollars worth of equipments to the Ministry of Health. That is not enough. That mindset set being demonstrated by the Observer is the general mindsets of the population of that country that something is better than nothing. Now allow the iron ore company to return to what Firestone did during the Ebola outbreak. Instead the iron ore company and its team management ran out of the country. Fox Business News in the US ran the story about what Firestone was doing independently by used of its health facilities to isolate and treat its employees and and anyone that was infected with the Ebola virus. And here’s the Observer championing what the multibillion company has done with a mere one hundred thousand US dollars worth of equipments, in comparison to the profits that company is gaining. Let them show of their modern health facility and how equipped it is. Something better than nothing mindset people. At the same time hoping that someone will come and develop their country. 0ne hundred thousand US dollars worth of equipments: BIG DEAL BIG TIME. Foolish people with a foolish idea.

  2. Lakshmi Mittal, the steel magnate daughter’s wedding cost a cool 60 mil in 2004. Google it if you don’t believe. 100k for Covid 19 assistance is a slap in face to Liberian government maybe because they’re losing grounds and access privilege to a competitor for the port of Buchanan operations. They can and should do much much more like no reason why Buchanan is still in darkness. Blame it on the mismanagement of county development funds? C’mon now, it’s time to stop the blame game and do the right thing for Liberia and not primarily and exceedingly for the company’s interest.

  3. We are still doubt with the suspected cases in Buchanan, Grand Bassa county, other tested positive name are hear over the media but this person tested positive no one no who is he and where from with this virus. Meaning they want for people to contract this virus

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