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Indiana pork plant second to test all workers for COVID-19

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Posted at 5:05 PM, Apr 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-28 17:05:36-04

DELPHI -- A second Indiana pork plant will test all of its workers for COVID-19.

Indiana Packers in Delphi announced its decision Monday, after closing the meat processing facility at the end of last week over virus concerns. Just over 2,000 people work there.

Currently, Carroll County has just 18 reported COVID-19 cases. If what happened in neighboring Cass county is any indication, Carroll County's numbers could jump.

In Cass County, the Tyson Foods plant, also a pork producer, closed because of a COVID-19 outbreak, and took steps to test all of its 2,200 employees.

The latest numbers from the state list 1,101 positive COVID-19 tests out of 1,625 people screened in Cass. The vast majority of the positive cases involve Tyson workers.

About the testing at Indiana Packers, President and Chief Operating Officer Russ Yearwood said, "This collaboration with the state is absolutely critical to our steps in creating a safe work environment for our team members."

Testing will start this Thursday and should take two days. Once the done, the company will determine when to reopen the plant.

"IPC is committed to making the best possible decisions to protect its team members and the community," said Yearwood.