Tyson Foods said that 570 employees at its plant in Wilkesboro have tested positive for COVID-19.
The company tested a total of 2,244 team members and contractors who work at the facility. According to a news release, the majority of those who tested positive did not show any symptoms and otherwise would not have been identified.
Team members who test positive receive paid leave and may return to work only when they have met the criteria established by both the CDC and Tyson, the company said.
“We are working closely with local health departments to protect our team members and their families, and to help manage the spread of the virus in our communities,” said Tom Brower, Senior Vice President of Health and Safety for Tyson Foods. “We are using the most up-to-date data and resources to support our team members, and we are committed to ensuring they feel safe and secure when they come to work.”
The Wilkesboro facility is among an initial group of more than 30 production facilities in the United States where Tyson is rolling out advanced testing capabilities and enhanced care options on-site to team members.
Tyson has also put in place a host of protective steps that meet or exceed CDC and OSHA guidance for preventing COVID-19.
The company also said it has increased short-term disability coverage to 90% of normal pay until June 30 to encourage team members to stay home when they are sick and also has doubled its bonus for its frontline workers.