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Most of the workers were tested May 6-9; those who tested positive are receiving paid leave and will return to work only after they've recovered, according to a Tyson statement. The plant was shut down for several days for sanitizing, but production is beginning to ramp back up. Tyson is carrying out increased testing, safety measures, and on-site health care options at more than 30 of its plants, including the one in Wilkesboro, WSOC-TV reports.
Meatpacking plants have become major rural pandemic hotspots partly because of working conditions that workers, many of them undocumented immigrants, have little power to challenge.