85 workers test positive for COVID-19 at Cudahy's Smithfield plant, health department says

Posted at 5:15 PM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 19:13:37-04

CUDAHY — 85 workers have tested positive for COVID-19 at Smithfield Foods.

The Cudahy Health Department says they have learned among the approximately 1,000 employees who work at this location, a total 85 have tested positive to date.

The Cudahy Health Department says between April 24-28, testing for COVID-19 was provided for more than 500 Smithfield employees at the Smithfield meat-processing facility. Health workers say there were 22 new positive COVID-19 diagnoses among employees, and 31 test results are pending.

On April 15, Smithfield announced a temporary and voluntary closure the Cudahy facility.

Free COVID-19 testing is being offered to all employees at the facility.

Patrick Cudahy Smithfield will reopen on Monday, May 4th, according to a company spokesperson.

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