Coronavirus pandemic in the US

A Tyson Fresh Meats plant in Washington state is now linked to 91 cases of Covid-19, a local health department reports.

The beef plant, located in Wallula, had their first case of the disease on April 1, Walla Walla County health officials said in a statement. Tyson began to put mitigation efforts in place 5 days later, on April 6, the statement added.

The cases are now spread out over the two-county Benton-Franklin Health District and Walla Walla County, officials for both areas said.

The Walla Walla County health department, the agency that oversees the plant, said they have “been in daily communication with Tyson to ensure the required mitigation measures are put in place” since April 6.

“In addition to the prevention measures we have required Tyson to implement, we are also requiring Tyson to allow the DCH to test all employees for COVID-19,” said Meghan DeBolt, Director of the department, in the later statement.

The plant remains open at this time.

Earlier, today, Tyson said it will suspend operations at its Waterloo, Iowa, pork plant after nearly 200 coronavirus cases were linked to the plant.


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