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“Covid-19 Outbreaks At Meat-Processing Plants In US Being Kept Quiet”

“Testing has found positive cases at North Carolina facilities, but officials refuse to release the information”

“DURHAM, N.C. — A chicken processing facility in western North Carolina reportedly underwent widespread testing for Covid-19 in early June.

Workers at the plant were scared. Several employees had already tested positive and the company, Case Farms – which has been repeatedly condemned for animal treatment and workers’ rights violations – was not providing proper protective equipment.

“We don’t have a lot of space at work. We are shoulder to shoulder,” said one worker, who declined to be identified, during a recent union call. “I’m afraid to go to work, but I have to go.”

The testing turned up 150 positive cases at the facility, the worker said.”

Lewis Kendall reports for the Guardian July 1, 2020.