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Tyson Foods will be reopening their largest US pork plant on Thursday after being forced to shut the facility down two weeks ago. The plant employs 3,000 people and closed because of a positive COVID-19 outbreak among staff members.
Closures of meat plants have led to meat shortages within grocery stores and fast food restaurants.
Tuesday night, Tyson released a statement announcing the plant’s scheduled reopening. Since closing the plant on April 22, the company said it has re-sanitized the entire facility and installed “enhanced safety precautions and protective social distancing measures” that meet or exceed standards set by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.
Going forward, Tyson said wellness health screenings will be performed on all plant employees when they arrive for work each day. Those screenings will include temperature checks and examinations for other Covid-19 symptoms such as coughing or shortness of breath, the company said.