Tyson worker with coronavirus concerned she was called back to work early


Cole Zimmerman, KHBS (AR)

Jul 23, 2020


SPRINGDALE, Ark. — A Tyson poultry plant worker who tested positive for COVID-19 was concerned she was asked to return to work too soon.


The worker's daughter, Jackie Tobias, told 40/29 News that her mother got tested for coronavirus on July 16th, and received a positive result on July 19th. After informing Tyson of the test results, Tobias's mother received a phone call from her employer telling her to return to work on Monday, July 27th. Both Tobias and her mother, who is still symptomatic, were worried that returning to work at that time would be unsafe.


"The added stress of feeling pressured to return to work early, it doesn’t help her recovery one bit," said Tobias.


Tyson provided a statement that said in part that the employee was, "asked to return to work 11 days after testing positive and only if she reported no symptoms."


It continued, "Subsequently, a family member also tested positive and [the Tyson employee] will now be quarantined 14 days and will only be allowed to return to work when she reports no symptoms."


Tobias also confirmed that the HR department reached out to her mother late Thursday afternoon to inform her that she cannot return to work until August 3rd, and only then if she is symptom free. She will be eligible for paid sick leave during that period of time.


We asked Governor Asa Hutchinson about the situation...