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· City of Amarillo releases, discusses CDC report on Tyson Foods plant
· Employees Say Hundreds Of Tyson Foods Workers In Texas Have Tested Positive For COVID-19
City of Amarillo releases, discusses CDC report on Tyson Foods plant
by Jacob Helker, ABC 7 Amarillo (TX)
May 18th 2020
The report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been released by the City of Amarillo on the Amarillo Alerts website.
At Monday's COVID-19 update from the City of Amarillo, Public Health Authority Dr. Scott Milton discussed the report in some detail, saying the CDC noted Tyson had already implemented many points of guidance and procedure when it comes to preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus.
This includes temperature monitoring via body scanner, Plexiglass shields to separate some administrative and floor workers and visual cues to remind workers to social distance.
Face shields are also provided to workers in areas that be socially distanced.
The CDC did however have some recommendations for the plant, including conducting contact investigations for those exposed to the virus, as well as helping workers who need to take time away with sick leave paperwork.
Milton lauded the plant's management, saying they are already taking steps to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on their populations.
This follows the efforts of the City of Amarillo and the Texas Military Department to test thousands of workers at the plant over the past two weeks.
According to Amarillo Public Health Director Casie Stoughton, there have been 2,731 cases of COVID-19 in the Amarillo area since the start of the pandemic, including 2,129 in Potter County, where the Tyson Foods plant is located...
Employees Say Hundreds Of Tyson Foods Workers In Texas Have Tested Positive For COVID-19
KXII/CBS Dallas Fort Worth (TX)
May 20, 2020
SHERMAN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Officials in Grayson County have confirmed the first death related to COVID-19 — a man in his 50s from Denison. Family members say he was a forklift operator at the Tyson Foods plant in Sherman.
Some employees at the plant say there have been nearly 300 workers there who have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Family members say the only Grayson County victim was feeling sick and had begun to have shortness of breath, so he drove himself to the hospital — once there the man went into cardiac arrest.
The man had reportedly been tested for the virus days before, but hadn’t yet received the results.
It was last week when the Texas Department of Emergency Management tested every worker at the Tyson plant. But employees say while they are waiting to learn if they are positive, the outbreak at the Sherman facility keeps growing.
One employee, who wanted to remain anonymous, said, “I mean today they were just coming basically as they were getting results in, they were coming and getting people and escorting them out of the building and telling them to go on a 2-week quarantine.”
The man went to a doctor’s office to get tested again. He says he was sent home Tuesday after showing COVID-19 symptoms that included hot and cold sweats and chills.
According to employees, some 1,000 tests have come back negative, but there are between 300-400 tests that are are still pending. Workers whose results are pending are allegedly still going to work, and those who test positive are notified on the job.
“So basically all they’re doing is walking up to you and saying, ‘Hey, I need you to come with me.’ And they walk you to the door almost like you’re being fired, which to me would be like humiliation,” the worker said.
Officials at Tyson have begun checking the temperatures of employees before allowing them inside the building.
Tyson spokesperson Derek Burelson issued a statement that said...
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