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Sioux Falls pork plant shuts for 3 days because of workers sickened by COVID-19


April 10, 2020

Stephen Groves – Associated Press

Smithfield said it will close its giant pork processing plant in Sioux Falls, S.D., shown in a photo taken Wednesday, where health officials reported more than 80 employees have confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

A shutdown of the giant Smithfield Foods meatpacking plant in Sioux Falls, S.D., reverberated across Midwest farms amid rising concern that slaughterhouses have become crucibles for the spread of coronavirus.

At least 80 people had been sickened, the most concentrated COVID-19 outbreak in South Dakota, by Wednesday. Company executives Thursday decided to close the plant for three days.


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