Meat packing plants ordered to stay open, NC workers continue to test positive
During the COVID-19 pandemic, there's been a high demand of meat across the state, but there's also been many reports of virus outbreaks in meat packing facilities.Posted — Updated
Nationally, there's a high demand of meat, but there's also been many reports of virus outbreaks in meat packing facilities in North Carolina.
A Smithfield employee who spoke to WRAL News said they were not in favor for this order, and that they were not getting enough protection while working at these meat plants.
Last week, a drive-thru testing at Mountaire Farms, a meat-packing plant in Siler City, resulted in 74 positive cases -- 21% of the 356 people tested at the plant on Thursday and Friday. The two-day testing, targeting symptomatic employees and their families, is the largest mass testing to date at a food processing facility in North Carolina.
Steve Troxler, the state's agricultural commissioner, is addressing the state's concern over meat supply and President Trump's executive order on Wednesday at 3 p.m.
Available for purchase is 40 pound cases of jumbo boneless skinless breasts and thighs, drumsticks and frozen party wings.
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