Here is the translated text from the news article released today by Le Parisien ( http://www.leparisien.fr/societe/coronavirus-plus-de-300-000-enfants-prives-d-ecole-en-france-suivez-notre-direct-09-03-2020-8275515.php )
A first case of Covid-19, the coronavirus, was detected on Sunday evening at Disneyland Paris, we learned this Monday morning. While the destination, which receives 15 million visitors a year on average, seemed previously spared, a night worker who is part of the maintenance teams presented symptoms. After performing the tests, he was diagnosed positive.
“He is a night technician who is part of the Ride T1 team. The verdict fell around 8 p.m. Sunday. Colleagues are asked to stay in quarantine,” says Lucas Gheddab for the CFTC Disney.
According to our information, three employees are affected by this containment measure. The employee diagnosed positive is hospitalized. But we still don’t know if it is in Melun, where the hospital group became a level 2 benchmark establishment last week or in Jossigny, on the Marne-la-Vallée site of the Grand hospital in eastern Ile-de-France. (Ghef).
Sunday evening, he received the agreement of the Regional Health Agency (ARS) to hospitalize patients with Covid-19.
“We were in level 2 bis since the middle of last week, that is to say that we were authorized to receive possible cases on an outpatient basis,” says the Ghef. Since Sunday evening, we have been able to receive patients hospitalized in the infectious and tropical disease service which has been set up. Sunday evening, the Seine-et-Marne prefecture announced 15 confirmed cases in the department.
“He was never in contact with visitors”
“There is a first confirmed case of coronavirus. He is a night worker,” confirms Djamila Ouaz for the CFDT. “Measures were put in place after the return of the positive test. There are no other cases at this time. We have meetings with management, including one from the social and economic committee scheduled for Tuesday, March 10, whose agenda has been changed to discuss the coronavirus. Occupational medicine is on the side of the employees. “
The management of Euro Disney indicates that “this employee has never been in contact with visitors since he works at night when the park is closed. He had been on sick leave for several days because he was not feeling very well. And then, on Sunday, he was actually diagnosed positive. “
Despite this first case, Disneyland Paris remains open this Monday. “We are taking the necessary measures with regard to this event,” adds the park management. Last week, the Minister of Health Olivier Véran had estimated that Disneyland Paris did not enter within the framework of the confined places subjected to the prohibitions beyond a certain gauge. Sunday evening, it went from 5,000 to 1,000 people.
A threshold that raises questions within the Disneyland Paris teams. “There are performance halls that accommodate more than 1000 people, the Animagique Theater for example in Walt Disney Studios,” says Lucas Gheddab. And we don’t know what will be done. There is no instruction from management. If the information of this first case had not circulated between employees, we would not have known. “
Sunday evening, the new boss of DisneyBob Chapek sent an email to all employees of the Walt Disney Company around the world. In it, he ensures that “our first priority is your safety and well-being. We are in close and constant contact with all local, national and international health agencies to provide you with information and directions. In addition to this, we continue to implement preventive measures available online and have implemented strict protocols to protect your health at work. “
More information to follow …