Meat industry struggles with COVID-19-related deaths

The meatingplace reports that an employee at Cargill's Fort Morgan, Colo., beef plant has died due to COVID-19 illness, with 18 others sick, and JBS USA's Greeley, Colo., the plant has four of its employees died from respiratory disease, with 102 infected. Cargill has reduced production at Fort Morgan to one shift, and JBS has closed its Greeley facility for two weeks due to the outbreaks.  In Camilla, Ga., Tyson Foods' poultry plant a third worker succumbed to COVID-19. Tyson is encouraging team members to practice social distancing at home and on the job. Chicago's Rose Packing confirmed that 21 of its employees are now sick with the virus. Meatpackers and processors are caught in the crosshairs of running an essential business while trying to keep their employees from getting sick, but the virus is proving to be overwhelming. Last weekend, Tyson deployed face coverings for workers at the company's facilities nationwide and expected the supply to last up to four months. @ is the online community for North American beef, pork and poultry processors.

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