Meatpacking plants continue to be major coronavirus hotspots in the United States, and there’s no indication that this health concern will end anytime soon. Industry Intelligence Consumer Products Analyst Nevin Barich does a "Deep Dive” into this issue. June 6: Hormel Foods reports that a combined 231 employees at its meat processing complex in Austin, Minnesota, and adjacent slaughterhouse run separately by Quality Pork have tested positive for COVID-19, up from a couple dozen two weeks ago June 3: Tyson Foods announces that 786 workers at its plant in Dakota City, Nebraska—about 17.5% of its workforce—are still infected with coronavirus June 3: Tyson Foods announces that 224 employees at its beef and pork processing plant in Council Bluffs, Iowa, have tested positive for coronavirus; the company has 1,483 employees at the plant June 2: Tyson Foods announces that 591 workers at its pork processing plant in Storm Lake, Iowa, have tested positive for COVID-19; the plant employs 3,303 workers May 29: At least 44 meatpacking workers in the US have died from the new coronavirus and another 3,000 have tested positive, according to an estimate from the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, which says at least 30 meatpacking plants have closed since March May 27: Employee at Tyson Foods plant in Waterloo, Iowa, dies after battling coronavirus during a six-week hospitalization; at least 1,031 of the plant’s 2,800 workers have been infected by the virus May 27: Employee at Jack Link’s Protein Snacks plant in Alpena, South Dakota, dies after contracting COVID-19; 58 employees at the plant have tested positive for coronavirus May 21: Tyson Foods reports 570 cases of COVID-19 among its 2,244 workers at its poultry facility in Wilkesboro, North Carolina
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