Leaked email reveals 2 Tesla employees have tested positive for COVID-19

Tesla factory Fremont, California

  • Two Tesla employees have tested positive for COVID-19, according to an internal email sent on Thursday.
  • The employees have been working from home for about two weeks and didn't show symptoms while in the office, the electric-car maker said.
  • Tesla has not previously disclosed any instances in which employees have tested positive for COVID-19.
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Two Tesla employees have tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, Laurie Shelby, the head of Tesla's environmental and safety department, said in an email to employees on Thursday. Business Insider viewed a photo of the email.

The employees have been working from home for almost two weeks and did not show symptoms while working at their office, Shelby said. The email did not specify which facility the employees worked at or their roles.

Thursday's email marks the first time Tesla has said one of its employees has tested positive for COVID-19. Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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