Musk’s SpaceX won 132 cases of COVID-19

SpaceX's headquarters is shown in Hawthorne, California.
SpaceX headquarters is shown in Hawthorne, California, USA on September 19, 2018. REUTERS / Mike Blake

December 21, 2021

By Hyunjoo Jin

San Francisco (Reuters) – Elon Musk’s rocket company SpaceX has reported 132 COVID-19 cases at its California headquarters, a quarter of all cases occurring in non-residential locations in Los Angeles County , according to county data.

The latest cases mark the second time a large number of COVID-19 cases have been reported at a company led by Musk. Electric car maker Tesla Inc reported 440 cases at its plant in Fremont, Northern California between May and December 2020, according to Alameda County data obtained by regulatory news site Plainsite.

In an internal email to employees on Monday, SpaceX said 132 cases have been reported since September, when “several employees working in the same area contracted COVID outside of business hours at the company.” a non-work related event”.

“Again, that doesn’t mean that the 132 employees in Hawthorne have COVID today or are contracted at work,” it said, referring to the Los Angeles-area city, where the company’s headquarters are located. SpaceX.

When asked for comment, SpaceX shared an internal email.

Los Angeles County said a total of 496 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in non-permanent locations such as workplaces, grocery and retail stores, and places of worship, without specifying the framework. time for those cases. SpaceX announced the highest number of cases in the county, followed by the FedEx Corp office in Los Angeles with 85 cases.

SpaceX is the most prestigious of the growing group of commercial rocket ventures. It launched numerous cargo and astronaut payloads to the International Space Station for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

In May 2020, Musk sued Alameda County when he reopened the Tesla factory in Fremont, despite the county’s lockdown measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

(Reported by Hyunjoo Jin; edited by Jonathan Oatis) Musk’s SpaceX won 132 cases of COVID-19

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