By on May 13, 2020

Tesla CEO Elon Musk made waves this past weekend by declaring his Fremont, California assembly plant would resume production in defiance of the stay-at-home orders imposed by Alameda County, bolstering his claim by threatening to move his HQ out of the state. He also fired off a lawsuit for good measure.

Musk wasn’t too pleased with the county’s decision to extend the closure of non-essential businesses through the end of the month, arguing that the governor’s word (allowing a return of statewide manufacturing) held sway.

Late Tuesday, the county issued what it probably hopes is the final word on the matter.

After first ordering Tesla to pump the brakes on its vehicle manufacturing, the Alameda County Public Heath Department later issued a statement, claiming that talks with the automaker proved productive. After reviewing the company’s health protocol and issuing a few additional directives, the county said Tesla could return to limited production by as early as next Monday.

That’s the same day members of Detroit Three plan to fire up their North American plants.

“We received Tesla’s site-specific Fremont COVID-19 Prevention and Control Plan yesterday as anticipated,” the health department tweeted. “A site-specific plan is a part of the Governor’s guidance for reopening manufacturing.

“We reviewed the plan and held productive discussions today with Tesla’s representatives about their safety and prevention plans, including some additional safety recommendations. If Tesla’s Prevention and Control Plan includes these updates, and the public health indicators remain stable or improve, we have agreed that Tesla can begin to augment their Minimum Business Operations this week in preparation for possible reopening as soon as next week.”

Contained within the statement was a promise to use the watchful eyes of the Fremont Police Department to ensure updated health practices are followed at the plant.

It seems vehicle production actually started last weekend (per the San Francisco Chronicle), with no one being able to determine if the Fremont plant is still in operation. Musk’s threats, coupled with the fact Tesla is among the region’s largest employers (as well as having the public backing of President Donald Trump), put county officials in a delicate spot.

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73 Comments on “Tesla vs Alameda County Update: Official Production Could Return Monday...”


  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Sadly, nothing is going to return to the old ‘normal’ – not for a very long time, anyway.

    • 0 avatar
      teddyc73

      We will if normal everyday common sense Americans go back to work and live our lives like we always have and stop giving into the fear.

      • 0 avatar
        islander800

        So – instead of heeding the disinterested scientists who have spent their entire careers in public health, we should believe self-serving, self-interested “politicians” whose ONLY concern is getting re-elected, public health be damned?

        Got it…

        • 0 avatar
          EBFlex

          Yeah that’s not what anyone said.

          And what about the scientists and doctors that have said this is all a bit extreme and that infection rates are up to 85 times higher than we realize? Should we listen to them too? Should we listen to both sides and make our own decision?

          Or should we blindly trust the people that want to see the economy destroyed, told us for three years that The President was in cahoots with Russia (boy is that backfiring), the people that will do and say anything to damage any sort of progress made by the president?

          I think I’ll come to my own conclusion like the many other countries that are opening back up including theme parks.

        • 0 avatar
          thelaine

          Scientists like Neil Ferguson at Imperial College, who terrified the world with apocalyptic, totally debunked models, or scientists like Sweden’s Chief State Epidemiologist Anders Tegnell, who has been led the effort fight the virus without a government-mandated economic catastrophe?

          Examine the evidence and do something new: think for yourself, islander.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            “Dr. Johan Giesecke, the former chief scientist at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control who is currently advising the Swedish government, said in a recent interview,
            ***“only in a year from now can we know if the Swedish approach has been proven right.”***

            The strategy relies on deeply ingrained social practices and voluntary behavioural changes to flatten the curve over the long term.

            Swedish public health officials have consistently denied their objective is to achieve herd immunity or to protect the economy.
            They are simply betting that a long-term voluntary mitigation strategy will yield better public health outcomes than a short-term coercive containment one.”

            is rather easy to prove that SARS-CoV-2 is more lethal than influenza.

            As per the CDC web site they state that the annual influenza death rate ranges from 12,000 – 61,000 deaths ANNUALLY since 2010.

            REMEMBER – ANNUAL DEATH RATE.

            The most current statistic for COVID-19 deaths is 86,465.

            I doubt the Trumpoid simian right has seen any of the actually studies or more pacifically, be able to interpret/understand the actual studies.

      • 0 avatar
        RHD

        310,291 people were living their lives like always, didn’t “give in to the fear”, and are now DEAD. (Plus a few tens of thousand more Mexicans, North Koreans, Chinese, Brazilians and Ecuadorians whose governments aren’t capable or willing to give out the true death figures.)

        What is of more importance to you – money, or caring enough about other’s lives to stay on the couch, suffering, watching Netflix for a couple more weeks?

        • 0 avatar
          Arthur Dailey

          The 6 Nations of Grand River have zero COVID related cases after closing their borders and introducing strict tracking and self isolation rules.

          Meanwhile COVID related deaths in Sweden are 3 to 4 times higher than in their neighbouring nations (Norway, Finland and Denmark).

          Taiwan is also well on its way to eliminating COVID related deaths.

          All proof of the efficacy of government regulated closures/tracking.

          And with approximately 70% of adult Americans following under the ‘at risk’ groups, and many more living with those at risk or working in healthcare, just how can you implement ‘targeted’ closures?

  • avatar
    JimC2

    Heh… a lot of Karens and a few sensible people on that twitter link.

  • avatar
    thelaine

    Musk pressed the issue and Fremont is folding.

  • avatar
    EBFlex

    As big of a fraud Muskrat is, he’s 100% right on this and it’s nice to see some common sense surrounding this lock down nonsense.

    Theme parks are opening in other parts of the world….I think the US can open it’s economy if theme parks are opening.

    There was exactly one city in the United States that has an issue with hospital volumes. 1 out of almost 20,000 cities.

    There was never going to be a spike in volume at our hospitals that wasn’t able to be handled. They told us for weeks that the worst is coming and yet it never materialized.

    Time to get back to normal and realize that your survival rate is 99.983% *if* you get the Corona Cold.

    • 0 avatar
      thelaine

      Truth, EB.

      Facts vs. hysteria.

    • 0 avatar
      mcs

      @Ebflex: “Time to get back to normal and realize that your survival rate is 99.983% *if* you get the Corona Cold.”

      Correction. The number is 94%. But that’s an average. Start adding in issues like diabetes, obesity, liver disease, heart issues, and the survivability number starts dropping.

      • 0 avatar
        EBFlex

        Actually it’s far less than 6% but don’t let facts get in your way.

        • 0 avatar
          mcs

          @ebflex: No 6% for the US:

          https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/data/mortality

          • 0 avatar
            ktm

            Sorry, but it is less than 6%. What you and everyone else is forgetting, are all of the people who have COVID-19 and are asymptomatic. You need to include them in the statistics, but no one knows how many there are as they are not tested.

            Don’t get me wrong, I support the efforts, but this needs to be pointed and corrected.

          • 0 avatar
            EBFlex

            “No 6% for the US:

            https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/data/mortality”

            Actually, like always, you couldn’t be more wrong.

            It’s like saying I only $100 dollars while completely ignoring what is in your bank account.

            Also…states that have reopened are showing LARGER degrees of infection drop than states with strict lock down orders in place.

      • 0 avatar
        TrailerTrash

        mcs

        no.
        your numbers, like everybody’s, are wrong.
        you cannot prove any data because there is no testing.
        because there is a financial reward for changing and wrongfully filling in death certificates.
        you cannot base economic strategies on emotion or empathy.it isnational policy.
        feeling about one death is not the same as feelings about national economic realities.

        • 0 avatar
          mcs

          @trailertrash: The 6% is the case fatality rate. If you end up getting sick (as in having to go to the hospital), there’s a 6% chance of death in the US.

          • 0 avatar
            thelaine

            Getting sick and having to go to the hospital are two different things. Most infected people don’t even know they had it.

    • 0 avatar
      TrailerTrash

      ya…never was a fan and always against gov subs for EV cars, but last few days am feeling strong urge to send him money or buy a 3!!!!!
      that’s how nutty things have gotten, eh?

      • 0 avatar
        EBFlex

        “No 6% for the US:

        https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/data/mortality”

        Actually, like always, you couldn’t be more wrong.

        It’s like saying I only $100 dollars while completely ignoring what is in your bank account.

        Also…states that have reopened are showing LARGER degrees of infection drop than states with strict lock down orders in place.

        • 0 avatar
          mcs

          No, 6% for case fatality rate. That’s what we’re talking about and that’s the number.

          • 0 avatar
            thelaine

            No wonder you are so panicked. I understand now. You think the mortality rate of the virus is six percent.

          • 0 avatar
            JimC2

            @thelaine wrote:
            “No wonder you are so panicked. I understand now. You think the mortality rate of the virus is six percent.”

            Nah, he’s gotta be trolling us. Nobody would actually believe that every single positive test case = a hospitalized person or that 6% of the entire population is going to die off directly from this.

          • 0 avatar
            mcs

            @jimc2: Read the article: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/data/mortality

    • 0 avatar
      islander800

      Well, let’s check in again at the end of the summer and see who was right. If past pandemics of highly infectious novel diseases are anything to go by, following your advice will relegate over a million – maybe more than TWO million – Americans to PREVENTABLE unnecessary suffering and DEATH. Will you and your ilk accept blame for being wrong when that happens? I doubt it, as your “Dear Leader” never accepts any blame for ANYTHING.

      And by the way, the fact that the hospitals have not been overwhelmed – yet – is BECAUSE of the lockdown, not in spite of it.

      I for one am not willing to “take one” for Wall Street.

      • 0 avatar
        EBFlex

        Bwhahahahahahahaha

        1 million to 2 million deaths in this country. That’s a good one

        • 0 avatar
          Lou_BC

          “Bwhahahahahahahaha”

          @EBFlex – that is the correct way to respond to ANY of YOUR posts.

          • 0 avatar
            EBFlex

            Why’s that? Are you that against facts and critical thought that you laugh when you don’t understand something?

            Or do you agree that an additional 915,864 to 1,915,864 people in this country are going to die in (roughly) four months?

            In just under 4 months we’ve supposedly had 84k people die from this. You telling me that in the next four months that’s going to rise to 915k?

            Again no critical thought given to anything you say just parroting what the party tells you. What a magnificent argument.

          • 0 avatar
            thelaine

            Keep citing the facts, EB. They have nothing but nasty remarks. Facts are kryptonite to the left.

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            EB and theloon, you wouldn’t know a fact if you fell face first into a hot, steaming pile of them

            But I highly recommend you try it :)

          • 0 avatar
            EBFlex

            “EB and theloon, you wouldn’t know a fact if you fell face first into a hot, steaming pile of them”

            Translation:

            “Your facts give me gas and I don’t like them therefore they are wrong.”

            I’ve posted nothing but facts. You not liking them because it goes against your own political agenda is not my problem.

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            Hahahahaha!

            You got it wrong, your facts are wrong therefore they give me gas

            fify

        • 0 avatar
          RHD

          We’re almost at 100,000 deaths already, and the per-day death rate is around 1500. So we’ll hit a million deaths in about 20 months.
          “Reopening America Again!” will help us reach that illustrious statistic much sooner.

          By the way, the good ol’ USA is “Number One!”, with the highest total deaths of any country in the world.
          And we’re ninth in total deaths and sixth in total cases per million among countries with a population of over a million.
          So, yeah, it’s PERFECTLY LOGICAL to re-open everything, go shopping at the mall without a mask, sit for three hours at a football game, or go drinking and clubbing shoulder-to-shoulder.

          Fox is misinforming the gullible like usual, and they’re falling for it hook, line and sinker.

      • 0 avatar

        @islander800: Agree to your wait and see who’s right. I doubt that the US will cross the 100K threshold – I’m talking verified/proven COVID deaths – not inflated erroneous numbers. What others have pointed out – leaving out the numbers that numerous (at this point) serology studies have shown indicates the actual rate of deaths from COVID 19 to be in the .1-.3% range. These were done by reputable scientists yet that means we should not consider their findings as that doesn’t support your belief. I am willing to take all the blame if I’m wrong about this, because I have considered many angles on this and the folks pushing the fear are wrong. I mean that sincerely, YOU CAN BLAME ME FOR IT ALL if the US experiences 1 to 2 million deaths.

        And now back to our regularly scheduled irrational fear.

        • 0 avatar
          thelaine

          THX,

          Agreed. Irrational fear has greatly influenced people’s reaction to this virus.

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            “Wuhan reopened last month. Now, new coronavirus infections spark mass testing and renewed fears”

            https://www.yahoo.com/news/wuhan-reopened-last-month-now-191224332.html

          • 0 avatar
            mcs

            @thelaine: No, it’s facts, science, and education. You keep ignoring the facts or try to twist the data. Facts like that all ages are susceptible. Facts like ignoring the 6% case fatality rate. 80k plus people have died in the US and you have the attitude of “oh what the heck, a few people might die”. You don’t care about putting other people at risk when you’re safe and sound. I seem to be immune to the virus, but I do care for the people that aren’t. I know people with multiple risk factors that could be forced to go back to work and take unneeded risks if the opening happens too quickly. You and your dbag buddy from Minnesota are wasting your time. We have epidemiologists and other actual health experts that are in control. The opening is happening everywhere and in most cases without unqualified individuals on a car blog trying to give medical advice.

          • 0 avatar
            EBFlex

            “ Wuhan reopened last month. Now, new coronavirus infections spark mass testing and renewed fears”

            https://www.yahoo.com/news/wuhan-reopened-last-month-now-191224332.html”

            And states that have reopened have seen a larger drop in new infections than states with strict lockdowns. What’s your point?

          • 0 avatar
            EBFlex

            “ thelaine: No, it’s facts, science, and education. ”

            “Facts, science, and education” does not purposely leave out data just to prove a point. That is not facts, that is not science, and that is not education.

            Yet that’s all you’re doing.

          • 0 avatar
            thelaine

            mcs,

            You have said nothing, except that I don’t “care,” which is a typical leftist emotional reaction, and that I should “respect your authoritah.”

            What I have been consistently saying for almost two months is that we need to have a response targeted to old people and the co-morbid and we should let everyone else work.

            It is a balance. It preserves our economy, which is vital to public health and safety, as well as everything else.

            It is an entirely rational and compassionate strategy that has been implemented successfully in several countries and US states.

            Your accusational, emotional and data-free response does no credit to your argument.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      “I think the US can open it’s economy if theme parks are opening.”

      Well, the White House Theme Park has been running smoothly so far….

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      I’m not going to argue the ratio of actual SARS-CoV-2 infections versus deaths attributed to COVID-19 disease. (Case fatality rate)

      It is rather easy to prove that SARS-CoV-2 is more lethal than influenza.

      As per the CDC web site they state that the annual influenza death rate ranges from 12,000 – 61,000 deaths ANNUALLY since 2010.

      REMEMBER – ANNUAL DEATH RATE.

      A few days ago there were 81,378 deaths.As of May 13 the most current statistic for COVID-19 deaths is 84,763.

      Do the math.

      SARS-CoV-2 is between 1.4 to 7 times more lethal AND that is ONLY the tally for the first 4 1/2 months of 2020. we still have 7 1/2 months to go.

      It is patently obvious that SARS-CoV-2 is more deadly.

      Only Trumpoid simians would argue against that point!

      • 0 avatar
        EBFlex

        You realize the CDC considers the flu season to be October-May right?

        But we get it, you like to be locked up and see businesses fold because of your irrational fear of a illness that has a 99.983 survival rate. You have countries opening up all around the world. This was about flattening the curve…not finding a cure.

      • 0 avatar
        bobbysirhan

        How many deaths are being attributed to influenza this year?

        • 0 avatar
          bullnuke

          “How many deaths are being attributed to influenza this year?”. I have little doubt that influenza mortality figures for the year will be somewhat skewed by whomever posts that data depending upon the financial/political gain to the poster.

  • avatar
    Nick_515

    E Pluribus Anus.

  • avatar
    thornmark

    Musk can still save BILLIONS by moving out of CA

    stockholders should demand it

  • avatar
    Master Baiter

    The virus has provided the perfect opportunity for petty local tyrants to exercise their power.

    • 0 avatar
      Lou_BC

      “The virus has provided the perfect opportunity for petty local tyrants to exercise their power.”

      …………while a clueless orange one abdicates all responsibility.

      • 0 avatar
        Daniel J

        In the early days everyone was wanting a federal lockdown, which would require the president to declare marshal law. Did anyone, especially those on the far left, really, and I mean really want Trump having that sort of power? Heck no.

        Everyone has this expectation of what the Federal Government, the Executive Branch, and the President himself is supposed to do without any legal backing what so ever.

        Certain powers are explicitly granted to the Executive Branch and the Federal government during specific times, such as war. Historically speaking, the Constitution and previous precedence have been extremely vague on what the federal response should be during a pandemic.

        What I do know is that people would complain either way. If the executive branch exerted more authority and control, the left would lose their collective minds. Not enough? Lose their collective minds.

        • 0 avatar
          thelaine

          Daniel,

          Yyyyyyep…

          When he shut of travel from China, they called him a racist.

          Later, they said he waited too long.

          If he cured cancer, they would run stories about unemployed oncologists.

          They hate him and they are absolutely obsessed with him. TDS was here before wuhanvirus.

      • 0 avatar
        EBFlex

        Lol you’re from Canada right?

        You should read up on how our government down here works before making a fool of yourself.

        This is a state level issue. This is not really a federal issue. This Corona Cold is impacting every single state very differently. It’s unreasonable to expect one agency to oversee all 3.5 million square miles. So you empower governors who then empower officials at the county and city level to handle this. The federal government is there to facilitate getting states what they need which then the state officials distribute those items to the entities that need them.

        It’s basic chain of command type stuff. How don’t people understand this??

        • 0 avatar
          thelaine

          Canadian smug is pervasive, and blinding.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            Canadian smug?

            Well…..when I look at the depth and breath of ignorance of which most is driven by partisanship….

            I’m accustomed to interacting with well educated, well trained professionals.

            It is hard to dumb down my posts for you without me going into a coma.

  • avatar
    thelaine

    The new act of civil disobedience is going to your job.

    • 0 avatar
      EBFlex

      Or simply going to a park. But this is what certain people want.

      Funny, I bet the same people that decry the federal response to this cold never returned their $1,200 bucks. You’d think they would be willing to send that back but I’m guessing they selfishly and hypocritically kept it.

      • 0 avatar
        Lie2me

        Speaking of jobs, why don’t you two stable geniuses show us how it’s done and go to work

        Ha! You two wouldn’t leave the safety of your basements if your life depended on it, but I guess it does and you two just proved it

        Cowards, both of you and your political party

        • 0 avatar
          EBFlex

          Coming from the guy who has yet to refute anything I’ve said.

          I’m just curious why you are so against reopening. Why you love to see so many people relying on the government (the government you trash in every post) and why you love to see businesses closing due to this. I fail to understand how that is something you are in favor of.

          But I’ll let my next patient know that I don’t have a job. Should make them feel very good.

          • 0 avatar
            Lou_BC

            “Coming from the guy who has yet to refute anything I’ve said”

            Why bother. Your posts are damaging enough to your cause all on there own.

          • 0 avatar
            EBFlex

            Which simply translates to you can not refute what I’m saying.

            It’s a shame your tantrums and personal attacks aren’t the cure to the Corona Cold because you and Lie2me would have single handily saved the world.

  • avatar
    mcs

    EBFlex: “Which simply translates to you can not refute what I’m saying.”

    Facts refute what you’re saying Facts. Just more toxic misinformation that you’ve been spewing on this site for years. Next patient? Yeah, you’re just a glorified uber driver for old people in a small town in Minnesota. You know nothing.

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