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Three coronavirus cases confirmed at Plant Vogtle

Plant Vogtle, Unit 3 containment vessel

Construction at Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro, Georgia, is pictured. As of Wednesday, three cases of COVID-19 have been logged at the plant.

Three cases of COVID-19 have been logged at the Plant Vogtle Units 3 and 4 construction site near Waynesboro, Georgia, as of late Wednesday night.

Test results are pending for 14 other workers, a Georgia Power spokesperson said. Seventy-one workers there have tested negative for the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

Georgia Power is one of four joint owners of Plant Vogtle, a nuclear power plant south of Aiken and Augusta that is home to two operating reactors, Units 1 and 2, as well as two in the works, Units 3 and 4.

The Units 3 and 4 workforce comprises roughly 9,000 people.

The first case of COVID-19 at the plant was disclosed April 4.

Those who have worked closely with the people who ultimately tested positive were sent home and are now self-quarantined, the Georgia Power spokesperson said. Construction work continues, but with rules meant to reduce worker-to-worker contact and keep well-traveled and heavily trafficked areas cleaned.

Tools are being sanitized. The on-site cafeteria is closed. Mass-transit tram and bus services are suspended. And large, in-person meetings are avoided, according to the company.

"Georgia Power remains focused on protecting the safety and health of workers at the Vogtle 3 and 4 site," the spokesperson said, "and the company has implemented comprehensive plans in response to the COVID-19 pandemic."

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