More Than 700 Employees at Another Tyson Food Plant Test Positive for Coronavirus

Johnny Lopez
May 06, 2020 - 6:45 am

Nearly 60% of workers at a Tyson Foods meat factory in Iowa have tested positive for coronavirus.

730 employees at the plant, located in Perry, contracted the virus, reported NBC News.

According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, two other of Tyson’s plants in Iowa have also seen COVID-19 outbreaks. Their Columbus Junction location confirmed 26% of its workforce tested positive, while its Waterloo facility had 17% of its employees test positive.

Last week, the food giant’s factory in Logansport, Indiana had nearly 900 employees test positive for the novel virus.

Due to the outbreaks, Tyson has been forced to either slow production or temporarily close plants in Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska and Washington.

On Tuesday, the company announced their beef facility in Pasco, Washington had resumed limited operations after being shut down since April 23rd to test employees for coronavirus.

“The health and safety of our team members is our top priority,” said Shane Miller, senior vice president and general manager beef enterprise, in a statement. “While the plant was idle, we performed a deep clean and sanitization of the facility and took proactive steps to complement our existing prevention efforts.

Plant closures amid the pandemic have led to dwindling supplies of steaks, chicken breasts, pork chops, and cold cuts. Industry sources told the New York Post that products will become less available as more plants close.

Last month, Tyson spoke to the meat shortages in another statement explaining that due to closures, “there will be limited supply of our products available in grocery stores until we are able to reopen our facilities that are currently closed."

Those shortages have become even more of a reality as Wendy’s has taken burgers off their menus  at some locations in response to the dwindling supply of beef.

While President Donald Trump has ordered plants to stay open during the pandemic to prevent a nationwide meat shortage, it may not be enough as more and more factory outbreaks have continued to occur.

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