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States Work to Keep Meat Plants Open

Coronavirus outbreaks have sickened hundreds of workers, threatened pork, beef supply

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Governors in the Midwest are working to keep large meatpacking plants operating despite coronavirus outbreaks that have sickened hundreds of workers and threaten to disrupt the nation’s supply of pork and beef, reports ABC News.

In Kansas, Gov. Laura Kelly sent personal protective equipment and testing supplies to counties with meat processing plants.

Gov. Kristi Noem said she didn't think it would be difficult to fulfill federal requirements to reopen a shuttered facility in South Dakota.

And Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds warned of the dire cost of closing plants, even as she acknowledged the certainty of more clusters of infection at the facilities.

Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said 33 JBS employees and six close relatives had tested positive as of Saturday.

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