COVID-19 cases at Rumford paper mill increase to 18

The number of coronavirus cases at the ND Paper mill in Rumford increased to 18 on Friday, the company said.That is an increase of two cases from the 16 reported on Thursday.The company has said it is testing the more than 600 workers at the mill.In March, the company said it implemented stringent requirements for employees and added a mask mandate in May.The president of the union that represents workers at the mill on Thursday urged all members of the community to follow protocols to limit the spread of the virus.“You’re killing us. You’re putting me and everybody else out of work. Not just in the mill but in the community, and people are gonna die. It’s not funny. You don’t want to wear a mask, you’re the idiot, but you’re hurting us,” Gary Hemingway said.Hemingway said many more people are impacted as they have health conditions or have needed to quarantine.“We have like 75 to 80 people out of work right now,” Hemingway said.He added that the number of employees impacted by the virus could come at a great cost for the mill.“If we don’t have enough personnel to run the equipment that makes paper, we will be shutting down for a period of about a month. That’s what we were told today,” Hemingway said.A spokeswoman for ND Paper said the situation is still evolving and many options for the mill are under consideration.

The number of coronavirus cases at the ND Paper mill in Rumford increased to 18 on Friday, the company said.

That is an increase of two cases from the 16 reported on Thursday.

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The company has said it is testing the more than 600 workers at the mill.

In March, the company said it implemented stringent requirements for employees and added a mask mandate in May.

The president of the union that represents workers at the mill on Thursday urged all members of the community to follow protocols to limit the spread of the virus.

“You’re killing us. You’re putting me and everybody else out of work. Not just in the mill but in the community, and people are gonna die. It’s not funny. You don’t want to wear a mask, you’re the idiot, but you’re hurting us,” Gary Hemingway said.

Hemingway said many more people are impacted as they have health conditions or have needed to quarantine.

“We have like 75 to 80 people out of work right now,” Hemingway said.

He added that the number of employees impacted by the virus could come at a great cost for the mill.

“If we don’t have enough personnel to run the equipment that makes paper, we will be shutting down for a period of about a month. That’s what we were told today,” Hemingway said.

A spokeswoman for ND Paper said the situation is still evolving and many options for the mill are under consideration.