Sarah Reisetter, Deputy Director of Iowa’s Public Health Department, announced Tuesday that two Northwest Iowa packing plants have reported outbreaks of COVID-19:
OC………in Sioux City. :06
State officials say Perdue Farms has reported 20 positive cases at their Sioux City pork plant, which employs around 400 workers and was formerly known as Sioux-Preme Packing.
There are 69 positive coronavirus cases at the Sioux Center facility.
A company spokesperson says the testing was actually conducted back on May 4th and 5th and that on May 11th, Perdue Farms announced 425 workers had been tested and fewer than 20 percent tested positive.
Jim Perdue, chairman of family-owned Perdue Farms, issued a video statement on May 7th about the pandemic:
OC…….social distancing.” :21
Hogs are slaughtered at the facility in Sioux Center and the Sioux City location is the processing plant for all of the company’s pork products.