13 covid cases among workers at MO hog farm

Thirteen out of 60 workers at a hog farm in north central Missouri have tested positive for COVID-19. State Health Director Randall Williams says the Audrain County farm is experiencing a trend that is happening at the national level.

“You take Saline County, which is a high case ratio compared to the population. When you look at that, they tend to be very closely affiliated with our food processors. You look at Buchanan and Moniteau and Saline County.”

Williams says, “We think we have to get in and do sentinel testing and repeat testing and just very quickly try to identify cases there before they multiply into the 13 cases that you’re seeing at this hog farm and, obviously, the 400 plus cases you saw up at Triumph (Foods) in Buchanan (County).”

Williams says the state hopes to do surveillance testing at ALL of the state’s roughly 15 food processing plants to identify cases before they multiple like they have in Audrain, Moniteau and Buchanan Counties.

~Thanks to Missourinet~

  • Why is this spike in covid19 cases in meat plants and farms now and not weeks ago when cases were first showing up and spiking?

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