Operations at a major pork processing plant in southeastern Iowa have been suspended after more than two dozen workers tested positive for coronavirus.
The suspension took effect Monday night at Tyson Foods’ Columbus Junction plant, the company announced. It will remain closed this week with a decision on reopening set for next weekend.
Tyson Foods said that the plant’s 1,400 workers will be paid this week despite the furlough.
Company CEO Noel White said the company is exploring additional ways to implement social distancing in its plants.
“This includes erecting dividers between workstations or increasing the space between workers on the production floor, which can involve slowing production lines,” White said.
Livestock shipments that would normally go to Columbus Junction will be rerouted to other plants in the region.