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· Amarillo family seeks compensation, answers for Tyson employee COVID-19 death
… They have filed the case, and they are now waiting on a federal judge to set a case schedule…
· City leaders release CDC recommendations for Tyson as more than 1,500 employees test positive for COVID-19
· North Carolina Tyson Foods Plant Closes for COVID-19 Deep Clean After Worker Illnesses
Amarillo family seeks compensation, answers for Tyson employee COVID-19 death
by Matthew Kinchla, ABC 7 Amarillo (TX)
May 18th 2020
AMARILLO, Texas (KVII) — A local family is looking for action, answers, and compensation after a wife and mother of four passed away after contracting COVID-19 allegedly here at the Tyson Plant in Amarillo.
Their attorney, Vuk Vujasinovic of VB Attorneys, said the family is looking for answers more than anything.
"Well the family number one is looking for answers why the company exposed their love one to coronavirus," he said. "Not providing her with a mask or social distancing etiquette or any of the standard measures that are required to protect people from the virus."
Vujasinovic says they are at the very early stages of the process. They have filed the case, and they are now waiting on a federal judge to set a case schedule. That being said, Vujasinovic believes there is plenty of evidence in the case.
"The state is shutting down and issuing stay at home orders, while Tyson employees are apparently shoulder to shoulder with no protocol safety protocol for the virus just doing business as usual. It is no surprise that thousands and thousands of their workers have contracted COVID-19. From our initial research the statistics are such that Tyson workers at not only this plant but facilities nationwide are contracting the virus at a much higher clip than the general population and are dying at a larger clip than the general population...
City leaders release CDC recommendations for Tyson as more than 1,500 employees test positive for COVID-19
By Vanessa Garcia, KFDA Amarillo, TX
May 18, 2020
AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) - City leaders released Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations and said more than 1,500 Tyson employees at the Amarillo plant have tested positive for COVID-19.
Over the weekend, city health officials went over the CDC recommendation report with the Tyson team, City of Amarillo Mayor Ginger Nelson said.
Mayor Nelson said this week will be spent implementing strategies set by the report.
Public Health Authority Dr. Scott Milton provided a brief summary of the 13-page CDC document, adding that Tyson has already started implementing some of those recommendations.
“In summary, I think it was a good report that the CDC left with some good, constructive recommendations,” Dr. Milton said. “I think the Tyson plant has been working hard already to start these things and so we look forward to continue to work with them to improve these as time goes on.”
He said the CDC recognized that Tyson is working cooperatively during this situation.
Those recommendations consist of...
North Carolina Tyson Foods Plant Closes for COVID-19 Deep Clean After Worker Illnesses
May 19, 2020
A poultry producer is temporarily closing a North Carolina plant for cleaning amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
Tyson Foods spokesman Derek Burleson said in an email one of two fresh meat plants at its Wilkesboro complex was closed from Thursday to Tuesday. A second fresh poultry plant at the site was to continue limited operations. Burleson said that a food-service plant at the site was operating normally Friday, though he had earlier said it would also close for several days.
The closure, following another temporary closure for cleaning, will allow “additional deep cleaning” due to sick workers and quarantine-related absences.
The company says staff will have additional virus testing, protective gear, symptom screening and access to nurse practitioners. The complex employs approximately 3,000.
It wasn’t clear exactly how many workers were sick...