DETROIT — General Motors is getting its workers back to factories, beginning Monday.


The automaker is starting production at three of its North American parts plants, The Detroit Free Press reported Saturday.


A person familiar with the company’s plans also told the Free Press skilled trades and production workers are being recalled to prep equipment for the start of production the week of May 18.


Some local union leaders and workers remain nervous about returning to the factory. Often, the jobs on the line require close worker contact and physical exertion that makes wearing face masks and safety shields difficult and, some say, dangerous.


Then, there's the mere anxiety over the continued coronavirus pandemic.


"We had anxiety walking out of here, and I lost two friends who didn’t even get to collect a retirement check. They died from COVID," a union official at GM's Romulus Powertrain plant told the Free Press. He asked to not be identified for fear of repercussions.


"We’ll do OK, but as soon as we have another case of it, they’ll shut the plant down.”


Michigan adds 430 new COVID-19 cases, 133 deaths


The state of Michigan released its daily numbers Saturday, May 9, announcing total confirmed COVID-19 cases of 46,756, an increase of 430 new patients.


The state also announced 133 new deaths, raising the total to 4,526 reported deaths across the state.


Ionia County health department officials announced 107 total confirmed cases with four new cases. Two people have died as a result of the virus.


Public health officials are urging residents to continue social distancing measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.