LOGANSPORT, Ind. (WLFI) — Starting Wednesday, April 22nd the Tyson facility in Logansport will voluntarily close.
On Wednesday Tyson along with the Cass County Health Department released a statement that said Tyson's 2,200 team members will undergo COVID-19 testing while the plant is closed.
That testing will be conducted as early as Thursday.
As we previously reported the plant was shut down Monday for deep cleaning and sanitation.
Since then, Tyson said its facility in Logansport has been running at limited production and is expected to stop production Saturday, April 25th.
“While we understand the necessity of keeping our facilities operational so that we can continue to feed the nation, the safety of our team members remains our top priority,” said Steve Stouffer, group president of Tyson Fresh Meats. “Our company is deeply embedded in our plant communities, including Logansport. We’re working with the county to make sure our people and the community are safe. The combination of worker absenteeism, COVID-19 cases and community concerns has resulted in a collective decision to close.”
Tyson said employees affected by the shutdown will still be paid while the plant is closed.
For the plant to reopen, the company said there are a variety of factors.
This includes if team members test positive for COVID-19.
News 18 has asked a Tyson spokesperson if any employees at the Logansport facility have tested positive for COVID-19.
They did not respond.