More than 100 Tyson workers test positive for COVID-19 in Goodlettsville

Posted at 6:43 PM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 19:43:39-04

GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Metro Public Health Department is investigating cluster of COVID-19 cases at the Tyson plant in Goodlettsville.

Brian Todd with MPHD says of the approximately 1,600 plant employees, about 120 people have the Coronavirus.

He released the following statement Wednesday night:

"Tennessee Department of Health and the USDA have been in regular contact with Tyson officials at the Goodlettsville plant. We are working together to see that Tyson continues to follow best practices to ensure the health and safety of employees and the public. Tyson officials at the plant are following guidance by all three of our agencies. We will continue to monitor the situation, conduct contact tracing, and evaluate for other appropriate action. MPHD will continue to monitor confirmed cases and close contacts among Davidson County residents. Plant employees who are residents of other counties will be monitored by the health departments where they live."

The Tyson plant in Shelbyville has also reported positive cases of COVID-19. Workers have expressed a concern for their safety and the union representing workers claims 79 employees at the Shelbyville plant have tested positive. Union officials have urged Tyson to close the plant for ten days to do a deep cleaning.

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