Native health officers present free testing for all staff uncovered to COVID-19 on the Nationwide Frozen Food Corporation meals plant at Linn County Fairgrounds on Friday. It has been one week because the plant shut down after several employees tested positive for the virus.
Now with an assist from the Linn County Health Department, they’ve entered a brand new section to make sure staff’ security, testing. Employees drove via the testing web site to get examined by staff in hazmat fits. 8 staff and a pair of members of the family examined optimistic for the novel coronavirus, pushing the plant to pause manufacturing.
The union says that quantity has grown. Nonetheless, state and native well-being officers have declined to say what number of staff have examined optimistic since so far, citing privateness considerations. The native labour union, Teamsters Local Union No. 670 Secretary-Treasurer Michael Beranbaum tells us understanding how the virus is spreading amongst staff is the primary section in the direction of reopening.
However, with a view to discovering out, the remainder of the National Frozen Food workforce, which consists of 270 individuals, must get swabbed. Within the meantime, staff keep at house awaiting the green light. “Individuals are nonetheless involved, and now they’ve recognized they’ve had this outbreak. In a few of them of their thoughts is saying is the cleansing going to be sufficient, is every part going to be sufficient or am I placing my household in danger now extra in danger now,” mentioned Beranbaum.
The hope is that this day of testing will get them one step nearer to reopening. As of proper now the plant nonetheless stays closed as they await these take a look at outcomes to come back again. National Frozen Food Corporation is presently below an open inspection by OSHA.