Meat Plant Updates

Tyson Foods announces a new COVID-19 monitoring system. The company will test thousands of workers each week, including those without symptoms.

A chief medical officer position has been created and the health services team has been beefed up with an additional 200 nurses and administrative support staff. Some union officials say that Tyson is setting a good example.

Meanwhile, Nebraska State Senators block a bill to require coronavirus protections for meat plant workers in the state.

Among other things, it would require 6 feet of distance between work stations, slower line speeds, and staggered shifts. Those against the legislation say that packing companies have already made strides to protect workers and the virus is spreading more outside the plants, rather than inside.

Michigan and Virginia have already put similar laws into effect, and Oregon may also be considering similar measures.

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