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Globe Life Field worker tests positive for coronavirus

Globe Life Field February 2020

A subcontractor working on Globe Life Field, opening this year as new Texas Rangers home, has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, leading to changes in how workers enter and work in the construction area.

The ballpark is already 99 percent completed–it was originally set to open a week ago–so there are not many workers on site. The subcontractor in question, according to construction firm Manhattan Construction Company, was working in a remote area of the ballpark, limiting his exposure to other construction workers. Despite that, Manhattan Construction has implemented a series of preventative measures to prevent any future potential coronavirus exposures, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

Manhattan also enforced a single entry for workers, beginning Thursday, so that each person’s temperature could be monitored. The site will cleaned during each work day, and work hours have been limited to 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Workers must wear a color-coded band that confirms to others they entered through the single point.

“We are taking all necessary steps per the CDC and OSHA to protect from the spread of the virus,” Manhattan said in a statement. “The affected work area was cleared of personnel and was sanitized. Safety is first, and we have sanitation and distancing protocols in place at our job sites per the CDC’s recommendations to limit COVID-19 virus exposure.”

The Rangers and Manhattan had already announced a scaled-down construction crew would finish Globe Life Field due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Photo courtesy Texas Rangers.

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