About 400 workers at a meat processing plant in Missouri got sick with coronavirus, and none of them showed symptoms of the disease.
Triumph Foods in Saint Joseph began testing asymptomatic employees at the end of April on the news that several large meat processing plants of the country were forced to close temporarily due to outbreaks of coronavirus or staff shortages created by the pandemic.
The initial results shared by the Department of health Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services showed that about 100 employees picked up a virus, leading to COVID-19. Subsequent tests showed that 2,300 factory workers more than 300 employees became ill with the coronavirus. Now this number grew to 373, according to The Hill. Next week a scheduled scan of the other plant workers.
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Missouri Governor Mike parson said in a press release Monday that all of these employees are currently quarantined.
The representative of the Triumph Foods has not yet been able to talk about how test results will affect the operation of the plant or the volume, and will close it on time and the packing plant in St. Joseph.
Earlier this week, chief Executive officer of Triumph Foods mark Campbell has shared the video for employees, confirming that approximately 17% of the employees of Triumph Foods sick with coronavirus, but 90% of the cases were asymptomatic.
The news about the outbreak of coronavirus in Triumph Foods came amid concerns about the nation’s food supply after the plants Tyson, Smithfield and JBS were already forced to shut down temporarily. Last week, industry analysts and insiders predicted that shoppers in supermarkets may soon feel the effects of the closure of factories, perhaps noting a smaller range in the meat Department, as well as slightly higher prices.