South Dakota pork plant closes after over 200 workers contract Covid-19

About 240 employees at the plant contracted the virus, making up over half of the state’s positive cases

A major pork manufacturing plant in South Dakota has indefinitely shut down after more than 200 of its employees contracted Covid-19. According to Smithfield, who runs the plant, the facility’s output represents up to 5% of US pork production, supplying 130m servings of food a week and employing 3,700 people. Over 550 independent farmers supplied the plant.

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