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One-Week Spike In COVID-19 Cases At Tyson Pork Processing Plant

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A logo sign outside of a facility occupied by Tyson Foods, Inc., in New Holland, Pennsylvania on February 26, 2017. (Kristoffer Tripplaar/Sipa via AP Images)

By    |   Thursday, 30 April 2020 08:13 PM

Nearly 900 workers at a Tyson Food plant in Indiana have reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus — a massive hike in cases in less than a week.

WISH-TV reported 890 of the 2,200 people at the pork processing plant located in Logansport, Ind., were found to be infected with COVID-19.

Tyson had voluntarily closed its facility to work with county officials on a reopening plan that was thrown into high gear by President Donald Trump’s executive order to reopen meat processing plants shuttered by the virus.

“So there is some worry there that might force them to flip a switch and go but we are continuing with our plan,” Cass County Commissioner Ryan Browning told the news outlet.

Serenity Alter, the Cass County Health Department administrator, said she expects the number of positive cases to continue to rise, telling WISH-TV: “We were in good shape for a couple weeks and then just within the couple weeks it kind of blew up.”

In a statement to the news outlet, Tyson said it’s implemented additional cleaning and protective measures. 

“We've been screening worker temperatures, requiring protective face coverings and conducting additional cleaning and sanitizing," Tyson told the news outlet. "We’ve also implemented social distancing measures, such as workstation dividers and more breakroom space.”

The Cass County Health Department reported 1,283 cases as of Tuesday, while Indiana reported 17,853 confirmed COVID-19 cases statewide as of Wednesday, The Hill reported.

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