Tyson Plant Workers In Wilkesboro Test Positive For COVID-19

Tyson Plant Workers In Wilkesboro Test Positive For COVID-19

11:45am Apr 29, 2020
The Tyson Foods processing plant in Wilkesboro. KERI BROWN/WFDD

Officials have confirmed that an unknown number of workers have tested positive for COVID-19 at a Tyson Foods plant in Wilkesboro. 

Wilkes County officials say that COVID-19 has been confirmed in several people who work at the processing plant. A company spokesperson wouldn’t say how many workers tested positive for the virus, citing “an ever-changing situation.” 

The Winston-Salem Journal reports that infected employees have been told not to return to work. People who have come into contact with them have also been instructed to self-quarantine.

The plant employs over 1,000 workers and currently remains open. 

Tyson Foods medical personnel are conducting contact tracing within the plant, while the county health department is locating people who may have been exposed to infected workers outside the facility.

Tyson officials say a number of preventative measures have been put in place to keep employees safe.

There has been no evidence that COVID-19 is transferable through food or food packaging.

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