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County Leaders Want Details on COVID Cases at Cudahy Plant
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 04/29/2020

Two Milwaukee County supervisors are demanding that the City of Cudahy and Smithfield Foods publicly disclose the number of employees who have tested positive for Coronavirus at the company's Patrick Cudahy meat packing facility. Steve Shea and Sylvia Ortiz-Velez said in a statement that such information is essential to protecting the public health of the community.

"We are in the midst of a public health emergency. People have a right to know the truth about what appears to be a catastrophic outbreak in their own backyards," Shea said. "Workers have a right to know what risks they've been exposed to."

Supervisor Ortiz-Velez adds that Smithfield's insistence on operating its facility during the COVID-19 pandemic may well have made the situation worse by putting thousands of people at risk of infection.

Earlier this month, Smithfield announced it was temporary closing part of the Cudahy facility in response to a number of its employees testing positive for the virus, but did not disclose how many workers were affected.

In Green Bay, the JBS Packerland plant decided to suspend operations this week after nearly 150 workers and their family members tested positive for COVID-19. Nearby American Foods Group also disclosed a number of cases at its plant.

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