JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A spokesman for CSX said a contingent worker from the company's Jacksonville facility has tested positive for the coronavirus. Twelve employees in other states also have the illness, according to spokesman Bryan Tucker.
He said an email that went out to employees was "carefully put together, with as much information we could give them."
A CSX employee who asked to remain anonymous shared that email with First Coast News Friday.
"Although privacy laws prevent us from sharing their identities, the entire CSX family extends its best wishes to these individuals as they receive medical care on the way to what we sincerely hope will be a full, swift recovery," the email says.
The email goes on to say the company's medical experts believe none of the workers contracted the virus on the job. CSX said it is adding measures to prevent further spread, including sanitizing work areas and placing fellow workers who may have had contact with the infected employees under self-quarantine.
Tucker said a "rigorous process" is in place to ensure employees who may have been exposed do not put fellow workers at risk. This includes a self-quarantine, he said.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has identified railroad employees as essential infrastructure workers, so CSX workers will continue to perform their job duties. The company has resources available for anyone in need of sanitation supplies, according to the email.
The email also directs employees with any questions to its CSX Coronavirus Information Site. The page, titled "CSX Coronavirus Prevention and Response," does not list any information about the number of employees who have contracted the virus.
The page does say that CSX has "restricted business travel for employees not directly associated with train operations and limited visitor access to our facilities so that our employees and business-critical staff can continue to do their jobs without the risk of potential exposure to the virus."
CSX employs 21,000 workers in 23 states.