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Outbreaks Climb at Meat Plants Despite Protections

Coronavirus cases have topped 20,400 infections across 216 plants in 33 states

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Coronavirus outbreaks at U.S. meatpacking plants continue to soar as the beleaguered industry ramps up production, scales back plant closures and tries to return to normal in the weeks after President Donald Trump declared it an essential operation, reports USA Today.

Throughout April and early May, nearly three dozen coronavirus-affected plants temporarily shuttered in the month leading up to Trump’s executive order. In the five weeks since then, just 13 have closed.

But the number of coronavirus cases tied to meatpacking plants has more than doubled since then, topping 20,400 infections across 216 plants in 33 states, the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting found.

At least 74 people have died.

Read the full report here.

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