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UPDATE: Tyson Foods In Logansport Reopening In Spite of Coronavirus Outbreak

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The Tyson Foods meatpacking plant in Logansport is resuming limited operations today.


Two weeks ago, Tyson temporarily closed the plant after employees there tested positive for COVID-19.


Officials at the only hospital in the county – Logansport Memorial – say over a thousand of Cass County’s 1,469 COVID-19 cases can be traced to the local plant.


Tyson officials say they’ve put in place “enhanced safety precautions,” including:


 -A mobile health clinic to provide testing and daily screenings.


 -Providing every employee protective facial coverings and requiring their use.


 -And using infrared thermometers to check employees’ temperatures as they come to work.


Before the temporary shutdown, the Logansport plant produced over 3 million pounds of pork daily.


Tyson Foods denied requests for an interview.

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CASS COUNTY, Ind. (AP) — Tyson Foods says it will reopen a plant in Logansport, Indiana, with limited production after a coronavirus outbreak. The company made the announcement Friday after local health and government officials and a union representative toured the plant. The pork processing plant closed for 14 days in an effort to contain the outbreak. Almost 900 employees have tested positive for the coronavirus. According to a news release, the Arkansas-based company says it's taken additional precautions to reassure employees their work environment is safe. Tyson said it has doubled employee bonuses and increased short-term disability coverage to 90% of normal pay until June 30.

 

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