Triumph Foods Reports 373 Workers Positive for Coronavirus

All the COVID-19 positive employees and contact workers at Buchanan County, Missouri pork processing plant were asymptomatic.

Triumph Foods Plant 2

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has partnered with the City of St. Joseph Health Department, Northwest Health Services, and Mosaic Life Care to offer COVID-19 testing to all employees at the Triumph Foods pork processing plant in St. Joseph, Missouri. The testing at the plant began last week, and more than 2,000 employees and contract workers had been tested as of April 30.

Of these workers, 373 have tested positive for coronavirus; all of them are asymptomatic. The workers have been asked to stay home and self-isolate, and will be paid under Triumph Foods’ COVID wage continuation policy.

At the request of the City of St. Joseph Health Department, the state is sending staff support to assist with contact tracing efforts, and more testing is expected as close contacts of the COVID-19 positive individuals are notified.

The company is continuing to deep clean, sanitize, and disinfect the facility to prevent the spread of the virus.

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