Wilkes County, North Carolina – Nearly 600 employees at a Tyson chicken factory that reopened after thorough cleaning have tested positive for COVID-19, reports CBS Charlotte subsidiary WBTV. Tyson said 570 employees and contractors out of 2,244 from the Wilkesboro facility that were tested were rated positive.
A majority had no symptoms and would not have known they were infected if they had not been tested, the company added.
The facility was due to oneOutbreak.
Of the 570, 237 were tested by the Ministry of Health or their own healthcare providers. A further 2,007 were tested on site from May 6th to 9th.
Two of the three plants in the Tyson complex were shut down for cleaning. The Fresh Plant One facility was closed earlier this month.
Outbreaks in chicken and meat processing plants are among the most important virus clusters across the country.
Tyson says workers who test positive receive paid vacation and don̵
“We work closely with local health departments to protect our team members and their families and to control the spread of the virus in our communities,” said Tom Brower, senior vice president of health and safety at Tyson Foods. “We use the latest data and resources to support our team members, and we are committed to making them feel safe and secure at work.”