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Meat industry is trying to get back to normal, but workers are still getting sick

Sergio Rodriguez leaves UCHealth Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colo., on April 18 after a battle with covid-19 left him on a ventilator. Rodriguez, who works at the JBS Meatpacking plant in Greeley, Colo., stopped receiving pay when he began developing symptoms of the virus. Foto: The Washington Post/Chet Strange

Tyson Foods, the largest meat processor in the United States, has transformed its facilities across the country since legions of its workers started getting sick from the novel coronavirus. It has set up on-site medical clinics, screened employees for fevers at the beginning of their shifts, required the use of facial coverings, installed plastic dividers between stations and taken a host of other steps to slow the spread.

Despite those efforts, the number of Tyson employees with covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, has exploded from under 1,600 a month ago to more than 7,000 today, according to a Washington Post analysis of news reports and public records...

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