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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 17 additional confirmed deaths since Tuesday, bringing the state’s total to 2,394. The state announced more than 43,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 444,000 Hoosiers tested.

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A labor union that represents meatpacking, grocery and health workers in Indiana is calling for hazard pay and mask requirements at work. It’s part of a broader effort to enforce national workplace health and safety standards amid the pandemic.

The United Food and Commercial Workers union held an online news conference calling for increased pay and safety requirements to be enforced. It would also like for larger companies to put data on workers affected by COVID-19 on a national public registry.   

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

May 1, 2020
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The Tyson Foods meatpacking plant in Logansport is resuming limited operations today.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 63 additional confirmed deaths on Wednesday, bringing the state’s total to 964. The state announced more than 17,100 total confirmed cases, with more than 91,500 Hoosiers tested.

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The Indiana State Department of Health reported 72 additional deaths over the weekend, bringing the state’s total to 813. The state announced more than 15,000 total confirmed cases, with more than 81,000 Hoosiers tested.

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The Indiana Packers Corporation will suspend operations Monday at its Delphi processing facility, according to a letter to farmers today.

The move follows a similar decision by Tyson Foods, which closed its Logansport facility earlier this week after more than 100 employees there tested positive for COVID-19.

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Covid-19 outbreaks have forced several meatpacking plants across the United States to temporarily close, including a large Tyson meatpacking plant in Logansport, Indiana. The closures are starting to affect local meat farmers.

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LOGANSPORT, Ind. (AP) — Tyson Foods Inc. will temporarily close its meatpacking plant in north-central Indiana after 146 employees tested positive for COVID-19. The Tyson Fresh Meats plant in Logansport produced 3 million pounds of pork daily. Tyson suspended production Monday to allow for cleaning and sanitizing. The plant reopened Tuesday and is running at limited capacity because of decreased worker attendance. The company on Wednesday announced it will stop all production by Saturday.