Beginning Friday, Tyson Fresh Meats will pause production at its plant in Dakota City, according to a news release from the company Wednesday.
The pause will run from May 1-4, giving officials a chance to do a “deep cleaning” of the entire plant. They are working with Dakota County Health Department officials and will be screening plant employees for COVID-19 this week with help from the Nebraska National Guard.
Employees will continue to be compensated during the four-day shutdown.
“Team member safety has and continues to be top priority for us and we’re grateful for our team members and their critical role in helping us fulfill, to the best of our ability, our commitment to helping feed people in
our community and across the nation,” said Shane Miller, senior vice president and general manager. “We’ve been focused on COVID-19 since January when we first formed a company coronavirus task force. Since that time, we’ve implemented numerous measures to protect workers and, at times, have gone beyond CDC guidance.”
Dakota City becomes the fifth plant the company has had to shut down in recent weeks. The company voluntarily sidelined plants in Waterloo and Perry Iowa, Logansport, Ind., and Pasco, Wash. Other plants within the company continue to operate at reduced levels of production as it looks to implement additional worker safety precautions.
The news comes as 75 new COVID-19 cases were reported by the Dakota County Health Department on Wednesday, bringing the total to 704.