Missouri moving quickly to test workers at packing plants


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O’FALLON, Mo. (AP) – Missouri health officials are hoping that a new testing strategy will help quickly identify people infected with the coronavirus at meatpacking and food plants across the state.

Outbreaks of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, have occurred at several U.S. packing plants.

In Missouri, at least 21 employees tested positive at Burgers Smokehouse, a smoked and cured meat plant in the town of California.

Forty-two of the 700 employees at a Conagra frozen meals plant in Marshall are ill with COVID-19. And in St. Joseph, 16 workers have tested positive at a Triumph Foods pork plant.

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