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COVID-19 outbreak shutters southern Indiana poultry plant

Nearly 100 workers at a processing plant in southern Indiana have tested positive for coronavirus, closing the plant until at least Wednesday.

20 May 2020, at 10:56am

According to reporting from the Associated Press and WFYI Indianapolis, poultry processor Farbest Foods had the nearly 600 workers at its Huntingburg plant test positive for COVID-19 on Friday 15 May. On Monday and Tuesday, Farbest was working to notify healthy employees on when to return to work, said Ted Seger, president of the company.

Farbest’s Huntingburg plant is at least the fourth Indiana meat or poultry processing plant that has faced outbreaks of COVID-19 among its workforce similar to other processing plants across the US.

Seger said in a statement that tests confirmed 101 of the Farbest workers as infected with COVID-19 but without symptoms, while 23 tests were pending verification.

The cases linked to the Farbest plant have added 91 new coronavirus infections to the county’s total cases. According to a state health department update, DuBois County has 161 total COVID-19 cases.

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