DAKOTA CITY, Neb. (AP) – Tyson Foods is pausing production at its meet processing plant in Dakota City from tomorrow through Monday for a deep cleaning, telling the plant’s 4,300 workers they will be compensated as they stay home.
Nebraska health officials have not said how many Tyson workers have come down with COVID-19, but Dakota County is one of the fastest-growing coronavirus hotspots in the country with over 700 confirmed cases among 20,000 residents as of yesterday.
Officials did confirm over the weekend that a 64-year old plant employee from Sioux City, Iowa, had died of COVID-19.
Tyson unveiled new HR and plant polices nationwide yesterday that include “additional health screening measures,” placing “monitors” to facilitate social distancing, and requiring workers to wear company-issued masks while working.
The policies follow new meatpacking safety guidelines by OSHA and an order from President Trump that plants stay open, as they are considered critical infrastructure by the federal government.