Outbreaks reported at meat plants in 7 states

In South Dakota, where the governor has not issued stay-at-home orders, one plant is the nation's single biggest hotspot.
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Tonight, our reporter has traveled to the meat processing plant where more than 700 workers tested positive. That was in South Dakota. That state had no stay at home order. We've learned that plants have been shut down in more than a half-dozen states. The concerns for the workers, and the ripple effect all the way to the supermarket. Here's Matt Gutman. Reporter: Tonight, these assembly lines are turning out to be some of the biggest covid hot spots in the country. There are now outbreaks at meat plants in seven states. Iowa, which saw its largest single day spike, most of its case at meat packing plants but so far the governor refusing calls to shut them down. And without them, people's lives and our food supply will be impacted. We must do our part to keep them open in a safe and responsible way. Reporter: Here in Sioux Falls, where the governor has not issued stay at home orders, the nation's single biggest hot spot. Within just a couple of weeks, the number of positive tests went to over 700. And activists fear infection could be far more widespread. We're starting to get reports of family members. And secondary and tertiary contacted people of smithfield employees that are testing positive. The ripple effect into the community is severe. Reporter: And with the outbreak surging in the midwest, doctors here warning no place is immune. There is no part of rural America, urban America that is not going to affect. It's just part of who we are now. Reporter: For those concerned, the CDC says there's no evidence the virus can be transmitted through food, or that it can live on packages for very long. Employees at this plant or across the midwest tell us they're concerned of additional outbreaks, they could be infected by fellow asymptomatic employees. Matt, thank you. And the price of oil doing

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