Coronavirus Outbreak Hits Maruchan Virginia Instant Ramen Noodle Plant


Local media reports that at least seven workers at a ramen noodle plant in Virginia are in quarantine after being tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Chesterfield plant, about 15 miles south of Richmond, remains in operation, according to WRIC-TV in Richmond.

“Following the discovery of infections, we performed a thorough cleaning based on [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] and we will continue to apply safety and disinfection precautions beyond what has been described by the CDC and the health department, “a company spokesperson told the station.

The facility, which opened in 1989, covers 54 acres and had approximately 420 workers in 2018, making it the company’s largest operation on the east coast, according to Richmond BizSense.

The company is a subsidiary of Tokyo Toyo Suisan Kaisha Ltd.

The CDC reports that Virginia has had more than 25,000 confirmed COVID-19 infections, including more than 6,000 in the past week, as well as 891 deaths.

Governor Ralph Northam (D) delayed the first phase of reopening for the northern parts of the state on Tuesday, calling it “too early for northern Virginia”, which has yet to meet the criteria for relax restrictions.

Ramen sales surged this spring as consumers purchased non-perishable items as home orders were placed. Walmart told Bloomberg that ramen sales on its website increased 578% between February 23 and March 21.

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