OSCODA – Management at Oscoda’s Kalitta Air announced late Tuesday that an employee has tested positive for the coronavirus and may have exposed other workers to the virus, known as COVID-19.
Don Nolan, director of heavy maintenance at the Oscoda facility, located at the Oscoda-Wurtsmith Airport, said the employee last worked May 6 in the Hangar 8 building and the test results came in Tuesday, May 12. He said the employee is an Oscoda resident. Kalitta Air is one of the largest employers in Iosco County, with more than 1,000 individuals working at the facility.
“We have worked with District Health Department No. 2 (DHD2) and gave them a list of 16 people through contact tracing to be tested,” Nolan said.
Nolan, in an email to employees, said the company started to continue their disinfection efforts in the hangar’s common areas and stockroom. He said the company has spent thousands of dollars in sickness mitigation efforts, and continue to work on the efforts. More details will appear in an upcoming story as details on the situation become available.
Officials with DHD2, and District Health Department No. 4, said that the public should be aware of possible low-risk exposure locations in Oscoda and Alpena.
“This alert is intended to make the public aware of locations that may have allowed for low risk exposure, therefore making individual identification difficult. Individuals who were present at the listed locations, at the designated times, have the potential for exposure,” stated the release.
Those exposure locations include:
• Auto Value in Oscoda Township, on May 2 in the late afternoon
• Walmart in Alpena on May 4 from 8 p.m. to close.