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Sun Aug 30, 2020, 10:40 AM

Foster Farms to temporarily close poultry plant after 8 workers die of COVID-19

Source: LA Times

Foster Farms announced Saturday that it will comply with a Merced County health department order and temporarily close one of its poultry plants in Livingston, Calif., the site of a coronavirus outbreak that has left eight workers dead.

The outbreak at the Central Valley facility has persisted for at least two months, according to the county health department. Officials said the company did not complete the widespread testing of employees that the county first recommended and then ordered.

The company said in a statement that it will close the plant Tuesday evening and will not resume operations until the evening of Sept. 7, following a deep cleaning of the facility and new rounds of testing for all 1,400 employees. In addition to the eight workers who have died of complications from COVID-19, at least 392 plant employees have tested positive, health officials said, making the outbreak one of the worst in the state.

Outbreaks are ongoing and widespread throughout multiple separate buildings at the Livingston facility, Merced County officials said. Of about 2,600 workers at the Livingston facility, 13.7% of workers have received a positive test result based on worker self-reporting. Authorities expressed concerns that the outbreak could be much worse, since universal testing of workers has not been completed.

Read more: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-08-29/foster-farms-to-temporarily-close-poultry-plant-where-eight-workers-have-died

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Reply Foster Farms to temporarily close poultry plant after 8 workers die of COVID-19 (Original post)
Zorro Aug 30 OP
Squinch Aug 30 #1
paleotn Aug 30 #2
JeaneRaye Aug 30 #3
oasis Aug 30 #4
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Sun Aug 30, 2020, 10:52 AM

1. Eight. Let that sink in. Eight dead before they were moved enough to close.

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Sun Aug 30, 2020, 11:10 AM

2. I don't mean to be alarmist....

I really don't. And I don't think it's the end of the world by any means. But if you've got a little storage space or some room in the freezer, buy a little extra now if you can. Not crazy prepper junk, but just some extra of what you need. It's shaping up to be a long, cold winter. March all over again. We will get through this. We will. And we will conquer this virus. The global, scientific effort to learn how this virus ticks and defeat it is unprecedented in human history. But there will be some more rough patches until we do.

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Sun Aug 30, 2020, 01:09 PM

3. yeah but God forbid...

God forbid people go without meat and adopt a more plant based diet. It would be a lot healthier for them and the people who have to work in these packing plants just to make sure that you don't have to go without your chicken or pork.

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Sun Aug 30, 2020, 01:17 PM

4. K and R. Got to get much more MSM coverage. nt

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Sun Aug 30, 2020, 01:32 PM

5. KnR

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Sun Aug 30, 2020, 03:48 PM

6. Kick

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