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COVID-19 outbreak in St. Cloud area sparks fears of spreading virus


Aaron Lavinsky – Star Tribune

St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis stood for a portrait in the city council chambers Thursday afternoon.

A COVID-19 outbreak at poultry processing plants near St. Cloud over the past two weeks has prompted increased testing of workers there and contributed to a spike in the number of cases reported in the central Minnesota region.

The outbreaks - at plants in the Stearns County cities of Cold Spring and Melrose - have quickly established the St. Cloud area as a COVID hot zone, sparking concern among advocates for local immigrants, who make up much of the workforce at the facilities, that not enough is being done to protect them and their families from the dangers of the fast-growing pandemic.


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