298 workers at Goodlettsville Tyson plant test positive for COVID-19

Posted at 2:04 PM, May 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 15:04:46-04

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A total of 298 people have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Tyson plant in Goodlettsville, and health officials say 220 of those cases are located in Davidson County.

Metro Public Health Department officials say greatest number of new cases at the facility were confirmed over the last three weeks. And the number of confirmed cases in Nashville drop to eight new cases during this past week.

The USDA, TDH and MPHD continue to work with Tyson officials to mitigate the threat of the disease as part of plant operations.

Dr. Caldwell, Director of Health, along with a representative from the Tennessee Department of Health, and two members from the CDC recently visited the plant to review their operations. They determined that plant officials were taking the correct steps to stop the spread of illness including regularly cleaning and disinfecting work and break areas, restricting visitor access, checking employee temperatures before they enter the plant, and social distancing in the work areas and break areas.

This is not the first local food processing plant to have and outbreak. The Tyson plant in Shelbyville also saw an outbreak and shut down operations for a few days to sanitize the facility.