Roughly 10,000 people work at the plant.For almost a year, the Alameda County Public Health Department stated it could not release data on the number of cases under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which grants personal privacy for health records.As part of an arrangement struck in mid-May allowing Tesla to resume, Tesla was required to report favorable cases to the health department. Despite around 10 cases in May, according to the data, the health department informed The Post in early June that there were no known cases of workplace infections impacting county residents.Tesla and the Alameda County Public Health Department and representatives did not respond to a request for comment.Musk battled strongly versus the county-mandated shutdown, arguing Tesla must be enabled to continue producing cars and trucks regardless of the stay-at-home orders. The Post reported in late June and July that workers worried about covid direct exposure received termination notifications after they did not return to work.The information released by Alameda County reveals there were 19 reported cases in June and 58 reported cases at the plant in July.Musk drew criticism for his reaction to the coronavirus pandemic, after initially calling panic over the illness “dumb” and predicting there would be “close to zero new cases” by last April.On Friday, he sent out a tweet casting doubt on aspects of coronavirus vaccines, despite medical specialists assurances that they are safe and encouragement to the wider public to get both dosages of those that need it.

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