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Boeing to temporarily shut down Delco helicopter plant because of the coronavirus


Due to the spread of the coronavirus, the Boeing Co. announced Thursday night that it was temporarily shutting down operations at its Ridley Park, Delaware County, plant for two weeks, starting Friday, April 3.
The decision comes two weeks after the aviation giant said it would keep the military helicopter plant open.
“This action is intended to ensure the well-being of employees, their families and local communities, and will include an orderly shutdown consistent with requirements of the U.S. and global defense customers,” the company said.
Boeing said it would conduct deep cleaning at the Ridley Park plant and “establish rigorous criteria for return to work."
The plant employs more than 4,600 workers who make H-47 Chinook, V-22 Osprey, and MH-139A Grey Wolf helicopters.
Employees who can work remotely will do so, and those who cannot will receive paid leave at double the normal rate, the company said.
Employees are to return to work April 20.
“When the suspension is lifted, Boeing Philadelphia will restart production in an orderly manner with a focus on safety, quality and meeting customer commitments,” the company said.


Trump mentions Philadelphia while criticizing state and local governments for releasing prisoners to reduce coronavirus risk

During his daily coronavirus news conference Thursday, President Trump name dropped Philadelphia when criticizing states and cities that have released some jailed prisoners to cut down on the spread of the virus.
“Some states are letting people out of prison. Some people are getting out that are very serious criminals in some states and I don’t like that, I don’t like it," Trump said.
"But it’s a city or state thing in certain cases, as you know, I think. Maybe Philadelphia comes to mind. So we’ll have to see what’s going on. We don’t like it, the people don’t like it, and we’re looking into seeing if I have the right to stop it in some cases,” Trump said.

2 new coronavirus deaths reported in Bucks County; another fatality reported in Delaware state

Two more people in Bucks County have died after contracting the coronavirus, raising the county’s death toll to eight, a county spokesperson said Thursday night.
And the state of Delaware reported a new death for a total of 12 fatalities.
The latest victims in Bucks County were a 79-year-old man and an 82-year-old woman. Both had underlying health conditions, said county Health Director Dr. David Damsker in a news release.
Bucks County reported 77 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the county's total of positive test to 450.
Damsker said there are 35 residents hospitalized with COVID-19 with 12 listed in critical condition.

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