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.