Meat processing plants are now major hotspots for COVID-19

The CDC is investigating the Smithfield Foods pork facility in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
1:37 | 04/21/20

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Turning now to a major intersection of two fronts of the corona virus crisis meat processing plants are now major hot spots for the virus. The CDC is investigating the Smithfield Foods port facility in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. As were warned about more Smithfield facilities with confirmed cases in other states threatening a major disruption to supply chains. Our Matt Gutman is in South Dakota with the latest on this story. Tonight these assembly lines are turning out to being some of the biggest coping hotspots in the country. There are no outbreaks at meat plants in seven states including South Dakota and Iowa which saw its largest single day spike. Most of it at meat packing plants but so far the governor refusing to show. Them down and without them peoples lifes and our suit our food supply will be impacted. We must do our part to keep them open in a safe and responsible way here in Sioux Falls where the governor has not issued stay at home orders the nation's single biggest hot spot. And within just a couple of weeks the number of people testing positive. At this plant went from a handful. Over 700. In activists fear infection could be far more widespread. We're saying to get reports and Allen came Lehman news hands. Secondary injury scary contacting people at Smithfield employees and expressed and hasn't been ripped unless packed into the community sit here. And with the outbreak surging in the midwest doctors here are warning no place is in view there's no part. Rural America urban America that's not enough that it's just part of who we are now.

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