Tyson’s to reopen largest pork plant after Covid-19 outbreak

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The Black Hawk County Health Department linked the Waterloo Tyson plant to 182 County Covid-19 cases on April 21. A week earlier, the mayor of Waterloo, Quentin Hart, called for the temporary closure of the Tyson operation.

Tyson released a statement Tuesday evening announcing the planned plant reopening. Since the plant closed on April 22, the company said it has cleaned up the entire facility and installed “improved safety measures and social welfare measures from a distance” that meet or exceed the standards set by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. .

In the future, Tyson said health and wellness exams will be performed on all plant employees when they get to work every day. These screenings will include temperature controls and exams for other symptoms of Covid-19 such as coughing or shortness of breath, the company said.

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All employees are now required to wear “face covers,” which the company said it provided. Employees working in areas where workstation barriers could not be installed should use face shields. Social distance monitors will be installed throughout the plant to ensure that employees comply with safety guidelines.

Tyson ((TSN) said all returning factory personnel have been tested for Covid-19 and factory workers who have not been tested will not be allowed to return to work. The company said employees who tested positive for coronavirus will remain on sick leave until health officials say it’s safe for them to return to work.

Tyson also said he had doubled his premium for frontline workers and factory workers who cannot come to work because of Covid-19 illness or child care issues. They will also continue to receive the bonus.

“Our top priority is the health and safety of our team members, their families and our communities,” said Tyson Waterloo plant manager Tom Hart in a statement.

Mayor Hart and the Black Hawk County Health Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the plant’s reopening. Tyson said the mayor recently visited his renovated Waterloo plant with Black Hawk County Sheriff Tony Thompson, United Food and Commercial Workers local president Bob Waters and other community business leaders.

“I am pleased that Tyson is working to protect its employees and to partner with community leaders for the benefit of all,” said Mayor Hart in a written statement provided by Tyson.

UFCW union president Bob Waters also approved the new plant security measures.

“Tyson has done its best to keep its employees safe and I support the reopening of the facilities,” said Waters.

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