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Positive COVID-19 test results force closure of Resource Center manufacturing facility

The Resource Center has temporarily suspended operations on the third and fourth floors of its Jamestown manufacturing facility after an an employee tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend.

The employee had last worked at the Michael J. Raymond Center, located at 75 Jones & Gifford Ave., on Tuesday, July 28, according to Steve Waterson, the center’s director of community relations, marketing and development.

“The person felt fine at work and sometime after that he went home and began experiencing symptoms,” Waterson told The Post-Journal.

“We were notified on Sunday that the person had a positive test result. Out of an abundance of caution, we decided to close the manufacturing operations on the third and fourth floors.”

Waterson said the center anticipates reopening the facility on Monday.

“Out of an abundance of caution, we decided to close the manufacturing operations on the third and fourth floors,” he said. “While those floors are closed, we’ll do a deep cleaning of those floors and we anticipate that everyone will be able to return to work next Monday if they’re not having any signs or symptoms.”

Waterson noted that the center performs a health screening on employees every day and that the employee went to his own doctor, who prescribed for him to take a task.

The facility, which is the largest non-governmental employer in Chautauqua County, houses Allied Industries, which provides manufacturing jobs to individuals who have intellectual or developmental disabilities, according to the center’s website.

The facility has been a supplier to the U.S. Armed Forces for over 30 years and engages in more than a dozen sub-conract work projects and also provides product for the commercial market under TRC Tactical, reporting $38 million in revenues in 2016.

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