Tyson Foods Reports 570 COVID-19 Cases At Wilkesboro Plant
Tyson Foods has confirmed that 570 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 at its Wilkesboro facility.
More than 2,200 Tyson workers and contractors were tested. The majority did not show any symptoms and otherwise would not have been identified.
According to a news release, workers who tested positive are receiving paid leave and have been told to stay home until they have met the criteria established by both the CDC and Tyson.
The company said it's increasing testing and health care options. It’s also providing face masks, putting physical barriers between work stations, and implementing social distancing practices.
Tyson had temporarily closed parts of the North Carolina complex that houses multiple plants for deep cleaning, including a multi-day closure announced last week.
Forsyth County officials say dozens of cases there have been linked to the Tyson facility.