Another Ford (F) employee that has contracted the coronavirus has died. The news comes as Ford announced that it was postponing its plans to restart production at its North American plants to protect its workers from the spread of COVID-19.

The deceased worker was employed at Ford’s Dearborn Diversified Manufacturing Plant in Michigan and is the third employee death at the automaker from the coronavirus. The other two employees worked at Ford’s Dearborn Stamping facility and its Data Center, also in Dearborn.

The United Auto Workers (UAW) union president Rory L. Gamble issued a statement about the death, saying, “It is with great sadness that I must report that we have lost more of our UAW family in the past few days.”

The UAW said it is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure that guidelines are being followed as Ford and GM convert production to ventilators, masks, and protective gear during the coronavirus crisis.

“I want to commend Ford, GM and our brave UAW members for this critical work,” Gamble said. “I know that many of our members are stepping to make masks, help and support friends and family and I want to recognize those efforts as well.”

Another worker at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has also died from the coronavirus from the company’s Warren Truck Assembly Plant in Michigan.

Ford has not announced when it will begin production at its North American plants.

Shares of Ford stock were up 0.1136% as of 12:04 p.m. EDT on Thursday.

A Ford logo at a dealership in Manassas, Virginia A Ford logo at a dealership in Manassas, Virginia Photo: Reuters