New York Times: After Mandate, 91% of Tyson Workers Are Vaccinated

New York Times: After Mandate, 91% of Tyson Workers Are Vaccinated. “When Tyson announced on Aug. 3 that it would require coronavirus vaccines for all 120,000 of its U.S. employees, the move was notable because it included frontline workers when mandates applied primarily to office workers. At the time, less than half its work force was inoculated. Nearly two months later, about 109,000 employees are vaccinated, said Dr. Claudia Coplein, Tyson’s chief medical officer.”

NBC News: Tyson Foods to mandate vaccine for all frontline workers and corporate employees

NBC News: Tyson Foods to mandate vaccine for all frontline workers and corporate employees. “Meatpacker Tyson Foods announced Tuesday that it would require its U.S. employees to be vaccinated fully this year. The company said 56,000 U.S. employees, representing less than half of its domestic workforce, has been vaccinated so far. Office workers face a deadline of Oct. 1 to be vaccinated fully, while plant employees have until Nov. 1.”

USA Today: Tyson suspends managers at pork plant who placed bets on how many workers would get COVID-19

USA Today: Tyson suspends managers at pork plant who placed bets on how many workers would get COVID-19. “As state officials and lawmakers urged the shutdown of a Tyson Foods pork-processing plant in Iowa, managers at the plant reportedly placed bets on how many would end up getting sick…. Tyson Foods has since suspended the individuals reportedly involved, per a statement issued Thursday afternoon by the company.”

Lawsuit: Tyson managers bet money on how many workers would contract COVID-19 (Iowa Capital Dispatch)

Iowa Capital Dispatch: Lawsuit: Tyson managers bet money on how many workers would contract COVID-19. “A wrongful death lawsuit tied to COVID-19 infections in a Waterloo pork processing plant alleges that during the initial stages the pandemic, Tyson Foods ordered employees to report for work while supervisors privately wagered money on the number of workers who would be sickened by the deadly virus.”

New York Times: As Meat Plants Stayed Open to Feed Americans, Exports to China Surged

New York Times: As Meat Plants Stayed Open to Feed Americans, Exports to China Surged. “Smithfield Foods was the first company to warn in April that the coronavirus pandemic was pushing the United States ‘perilously close to the edge in terms of our meat supply.’ Tyson Foods also sounded the alarm, saying that ‘millions of pounds of meat will disappear’ from the nation’s supply chain as plants were being forced to close because of outbreaks. That same month, Smithfield sent China 9,170 tons of pork, one of its highest monthly export totals to that market in the past three years. Tyson exported 1,289 tons of pork to China, the most since January 2017.”

Washington Post: The meat industry is trying to get back to normal. But workers are still getting sick — and shortages may get worse.

Washington Post: The meat industry is trying to get back to normal. But workers are still getting sick — and shortages may get worse.. “Tyson Foods, the largest meat processor in the United States, has transformed its facilities across the country since legions of its workers started getting sick from the novel coronavirus. It has set up on-site medical clinics, screened employees for fevers at the beginning of their shifts, required the use of face coverings, installed plastic dividers between stations and taken a host of other steps to slow the spread. Despite those efforts, the number of Tyson employees with the coronavirus has exploded from less than 1,600 a month ago to more than 7,000 today, according to a Washington Post analysis of news reports and public records.”

“What are you hiding?”: Nebraska stops releasing coronavirus data from meat plants after cases spike (Salon)

Salon: “What are you hiding?”: Nebraska stops releasing coronavirus data from meat plants after cases spike. “Nebraska officials stopped releasing data on coronavirus infections at meatpacking plants as cases spiked at multiple facilities run by companies like Tyson and Smithfield. Through the first week of May, Nebraska officials reported 96 infections at a Tyson plant in Madison, 123 at a Smithfield plant in Crete and 237 at a JBS plant in Grand Island. Then the updates abruptly stopped, The Washington Post reported.”

Source: 669 Tyson workers at Dakota City, Nebraska, plant test positive for COVID-19 (Sioux City Journal)

Sioux City Journal: Source: 669 Tyson workers at Dakota City, Nebraska, plant test positive for COVID-19. “A total of 669 workers at Tyson Fresh Meats’ beef plant in Dakota City have tested positive for COVID-19, a source familiar with the situation told The Journal late Thursday. The disclosure came as Tyson prepared to idle production at its largest beef plant for four days, starting Friday. The company on Wednesday announced the temporary halt to deep clean the facility, which is easily metro Sioux City’s largest employer with over 4,300 workers.”

WISHTV: Nearly 900 at Tyson Foods plant test positive for coronavirus

WISHTV: Nearly 900 at Tyson Foods plant test positive for coronavirus. “The Cass County Health Department on Wednesday afternoon said it has seen just under 1,200 positive COVID-19 cases. Almost 900 employees at the Tyson Food plant in Cass County’s Logansport have tested positive. The county had been working with Tyson on a plan to reopen the plant after the pork processing plant voluntarily closed for 14 days in an effort to contain an outbreak. Cass County Commissioner Ryan Browning has been working with Tyson and the health department to develop a workable reopening plan that has been thrown into high gear by President Donald Trump’s executive order to reopen meat processing plants shuttered by the virus.”