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New coronavirus case confirmed at Samsung Austin Semiconductor plant

Another case of coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) was found among Samsung employees, this time on US soil, and specifically at the Samsung Austin Semiconductor facilities. The employee tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 on March 28 but has been out of office since March 13.

According to KXAN citing Samsung Austin Semiconductor spokeswoman, Michele Glaze, the company had implemented precautionary deep cleaning and sanitation on-site’ according to the local health authorities guidelines. She added that Samsung will continue to take all necessary measures to ensure the safety and well-being of our employees.

Samsung’s production lines have not been affected

This is the second case of coronavirus found at one of Samsung’s semiconductor facilities. The first case was confirmed last week at the Giheung semiconductor factory in South Korea. However, the Austin Semiconductor facility is not a part of the company’s main silicon operations.

Its foundry business in Texas produces chips primarily for corporate customers in Austin. Roughly one year ago, some reports were hinting that Samsung may want to build a new chip plant in the USA to expand its operations. Samsung denied the rumors, and no news on the matter emerged since.

According to Michele Glaze, the production lines at Samsung’s Austin Semiconductor plant have not been affected by the recent coronavirus case. The factory remains operational.

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