CASS COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Tyson Foods announced Friday its plans to resume limited production in Logansport next week. According to a released statement, the company will, with Cass County Health Department, Cass County Government, and City of Logansport, a union representative, and medical professionals be touring and inspect the plant before resuming work. The pork processing facility temporarily stopped operations on April 25 to test employees for COVID-19.
“We’ve taken additional precautions to reassure team members that they are returning to a safe work environment and have made additional changes to continue supporting them during this global health crisis,” said Todd Neff, senior vice president pork. “While the facility was idled, we added more workstation barriers, installed more hand sanitizer dispensers, and did additional deep cleaning and sanitation. We’re also now screening employees for additional symptoms and designating monitors to help enforce social distancing, while following the CDC and OSHA’s guidance for Meat and Poultry Processing Workers and Employers.”
Tyson Foods also stated the Logansport facility is the first of several Tyson plants to receive a mobile health clinic to provide services ranging from diagnostic testing for COVID-19, assist with the environmental design of the facility to mitigate the risk of the virus spread, as well as to conduct daily on-site clinical screening.
The company said it has doubled its bonus for employees (based on attendance) and also increased short-term disability coverage to 90% of normal pay until June 30 to encourage employees to stay home when they are sick.
“Tyson Fresh Meats has worked well with local community leaders to make sure its re-opening plan is safe,” said Dr. Dori Ditty, health officer of Cass County Health Department. “We toured the plant and feel the additional measures implemented will allow employees to work safely, while continuing to follow CDC guidelines and recommendations. We’ll continue to closely monitor the situation to ensure the safety of employees.”
The complete press release is below.