Nearly 400 asymptomatic workers tested positive for COVID-19 at a meat packaging plant in Missouri

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Nearly 400 asymptomatic workers tested positive for COVID-19 at a single Triumph meat packaging plant in Missouri.

The local health department began testing all of the more than 2,200 workers at the St Joseph plant after 92 asymptomatic workers tested positive.

On Sunday, 373 Triumph Foods employees and contractors, who showed up to test sample collection without related symptoms, received positive results for COVID-19, local health officials confirmed.

“We are continuing to work this weekend to contact these asymptomatic patients and have started the contact tracing process with those who are considered close contacts of our positive cases,” said Dr. Randall Williams, Director of DHSS.

Triumph Foods CEO Mark Campbell said on Sunday: “Collecting a tampon was not much fun, but test results will be essential to help us understand where the coronavirus is in our facilities and communities . “

Figures show that 17% of people tested were positive for coronavirus.

The local health department began testing, in the photo, all of the more than 2,200 workers at the St Jospeh, Missouri plant, after 92 asymptomatic workers tested positive

The local health department began testing, in the photo, all of the more than 2,200 workers at the St Jospeh, Missouri factory, after 92 asymptomatic workers tested positive

Nearly 400 asymptomatic employees tested positive for COVID 19 at Triumph Foods, a pork processing plant, in St. Joseph, Missouri, pictured

Nearly 400 asymptomatic employees tested positive for COVID 19 at Triumph Foods, a pork processing plant, in St. Joseph, Missouri, pictured

In the past two months, two dozen meat processing plants in America have had to close in the past two months, while many more have been forced to slow production after workers’ illness.

The growing meat crisis in America has been exposed in images of empty store shelves across the country after processing plants were forced to slow production or shut down amidst coronavirus outbreaks.

At least 20 workers died and 6,500 others fell ill because the cramped working conditions with employees often standing side by side on production lines caused a proliferation of coronaviruses.

The International Union of United Food and Commercial Workers, which represents 1.3 million food and retail workers, said earlier this week that 20 unionized workers in the United States have died. of the virus.

An estimated 6,500 people are ill or have been exposed while working near someone who tested positive.

Some of the largest slaughterhouses in the United States have closed in recent weeks as COVID-19 has spread widely in meat processing plants. Chicago Sam's Club is pictured

Some of the largest slaughterhouses in the United States have closed in recent weeks as COVID-19 has spread widely in meat processing plants. Chicago Sam’s Club is pictured

Costco will limit meat purchases to three items per member. A Chicago store is pictured

Costco will limit meat purchases to three items per member. A Chicago store is pictured

Costco said on Monday that it has limited the number of beef, pork and poultry products that customers can purchase.

Grocery stores are preparing for a massive shortage of meat as a result of the supply disruption caused by the coronavirus.

Costco has stated that it will temporarily limit purchases of fresh beef, pork and poultry to a total of three items per Costco member, following Kroger Co, which has imposed purchase limits on ground beef and fresh pork in some of its stores.

Employees of two departments at the Smithfield pork processing plant in Sioux Falls, S.D. report for work Monday, May 4, 2020, as the plant moves to reopen

Employees of two departments at the Smithfield pork processing plant in Sioux Falls, S.D. report to work on Monday, May 4, 2020, as the plant moves to reopen

The JBS Greeley Meat Packing Plant is inactive on April 16, 2020 in Greeley, Colorado. Meat packaging facility closed voluntarily until April 24 to test employees for coronavirus

The Greeley JBS meat packaging plant is inactive on April 16, 2020 in Greeley, Colorado. Meat packaging facility closed voluntarily until April 24 to test employees for coronavirus

Before the pandemic, say food policy experts, about one in eight or nine Americans struggled to stay fed.

Today, up to one in four are expected to join the hungry, said Giridhar Mallya, policy officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for Public Health.

Starting Monday, Costco will also require all buyers to wear face masks or covers to reduce the risk of virus transmission.

John Tyson, President of the United States’ Largest Meat Processor, Tyson Foods Inc, said last week that the food supply chain was “breaking” and that millions of pounds of meat would disappear from grocery stores across the country. country.

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