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."