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Wed Jul 1, 2020, 11:47 PM

Food processing plants in Ohio and New York hit with outbreaks

The number of workers in food processing plants infected with coronavirus continues to grow. More than 230 workers at a Dole Foods salad processing plant in Springfield, Ohio, have now tested positive for COVID-19. Last week, 82 workers or 46 percent of the workforce also tested positive at Champlain Valley Specialty of NY, a company that packages sliced apples in upstate New York.

Dole Foods as well as county and State of Ohio health officials have refused to close the plant despite the fact that more than a quarter of the plant’s 829 workers have now tested positive. Dole management has known for a long time that COVID-19 was spreading among its employees. The first positive case was back in April. Yet the company failed to close and thoroughly clean the plant to prevent the spread of the virus.

On Saturday, June 20, the health officials organized the testing of everyone at the plant. Infected workers continued to work while their test results were pending. Barry Scuttles, who works at the plant, told local TV station WHIO-TV, “The proper thing to do was shut the place down until all the tests came back. Keep all the positives at home and then bring the other workers back.” Scuttles said he personally had to inform three co-workers that they were positive and pull them from the line.

In a statement, Dole rejected closing, citing conversations with county health officials that “the plant is not likely the source of transmission and closure is not warranted.” Such an absurd statement exposes the contempt of these giant corporations for the working class. Regardless of where the source of transmission began, the plant is now a vector for the transmission of the disease. To ignore that the virus is spreading between workers is not just neglect but an act of corporate murder.

Read more: https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/07/01/gblf-j01.html

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Thu Jul 2, 2020, 01:13 AM

1. I think a few lines were wrong so I fixed them

"In a statement, Dole rejected closing, citing conversations with county health officials that “the plant is not likely the source of transmission and closure is not warranted.”"

I translated the above statement out of its current language, bullshiteez, which can sometimes be a tough dialect to learn:

"In a statement, Dole rejected common sense, scientific evidence as well as the general welfare of their employees and community. They cited conversations with Republican state officials and then released the following statement, "It is not likely we will suffer any real consequences for staying open because we know the GOP always puts profits before people."

Sad but true.

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