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11 more workers test positive for coronavirus at beef plant

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Posted at 11:42 PM, Apr 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-24 23:46:47-04

PLAINWELL, Mich — There are 11 more cases of the coronaviurus at a beef plant, bringing its total cases to 71.

The confirmed cases are workers from JBS in Plainwell, according to Lindsay Maunz, public information officer at the Allegan County Health Department, yesterday.

"We continue to monitor the epidemiological curve," Maunz said.

The curve, she said, "appears to be on the downside of the peak."

On April 20, 60 cases were reported at the JBS plant, according to Maunz.

"We have been working closely with the JBS Plainwell human resources team and have an ongoing investigation," Maunz said at the time.

"We went on-site to review their social distancing, screening and environmental hygiene practices on Monday, April 13."

She told FOX 17 this week that the health department is working with other health jurisdictions to "communicate all positive COVID-19 cases and their close contacts."

On April 13, JBS announced it is temporarily closing its facility in Greeley, Colorado to "support the fight against coronavirus."

Later, on April 20, JBS also said it is indefinitely closing its pork plant in Worthington, Minnesota.

JBS said then it is focusing on "keeping the virus out of its facilities" to "protect the health and safety of its workforce."

See more: Allegan Co. Health Dept. says 60 workers at JBS in Plainwell tested positive for COVID-19