In a Tyson plant in MO, 25% of workers tested positive for COVID-19

Tyson Foods Inc. said that at its Noel, Mo., poultry plant 291 of 1,142 employees were positive for COVID-19. 249 of those that tested positive were asymptomatic and “otherwise would not have been identified.” The Noel facility is among 40 of Tyson’s U.S. locations included in its extensive testing program aimed at helping to contain the risk of community spread. On Thursday, the families of three workers who died of COVID-19 after an outbreak at Tyson’s Waterloo, Iowa, pork plant sued Tyson on claims that the company’s misrepresentations to staff about the severity of the epidemic led to the workers’ deaths. The company didn’t comment directly on the allegations laid out in the lawsuit but instead expressed sadness about the three workers’ deaths. Tyson is promoting testing in addition to an increasing amount of protective measures and publicizing the results as a way to help fight COVID-19. @ is the online community for North American beef, pork and poultry processors.

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