The Clayton Sulphur Springs Building Facility temporarily closed Wednesday for deep cleaning and sanitizing, after a company employee tested positive for COVID-19, Clayton Media Relations Manager Caitlyn Crosby confirmed Thursday.
“The health and safety of our team members and their families is extremely important to our company. A Clayton team member at our Clayton Sulphur Springs home building facility in Texas has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). We are committed to supporting this team member as well as protecting their privacy,” Crosby said.
Clayton notified team members and temporarily closed the facility May 20 until further notice to perform a deep cleaning and sanitization, according to Crosby.
Clayton had already taken several precautions, including establishing a task force that has been monitoring COVID-19, as well as implementing increased sanitization procedures and policies, social distancing, daily temperature screenings and requiring face coverings to help protect the health of team members, according to the media relations manager.
Clayton is providing free testing for all team members before reopening the facility. The business has provided team members with additional paid time-off that may be used during this temporary closure, according to Crosby.
The home building industry was designated an essential business by the Department of Homeland Security, which allowed the business to continue operating as a “critical for public health, public safety, economic security or national security” during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We were also called upon by many government leaders at the state level to continue providing affordable housing during these uncertain times and we are doing so with the utmost caution for the safety and health of our team members, their families and communities,” Crosby said.
“We wish the team member a quick recovery. We will continue to keep our team informed as we learn more about the current case and make decisions regarding operations,” Crosby said.