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Shelbyville Tyson plant to close for cleaning after COVID-19 outbreak

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Posted at 3:17 PM, Apr 23, 2020

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Tyson officials say the company's processing plant located in Shelbyville will be closing for deep cleaning following a COVID-19 outbreak.

The union, which represents Tyson's many employees, told our NewsChannel 5 Investigates team 79 employees at the Shelbyville plant have tested positive for COVID-19.

Union officials urged the company to close for at least ten days for cleaning. On Thursday, Tyson officials said they would not be operating over the weekend through Monday "so we can do a deep cleaning and sanitation of common areas. We plan to resume operations on Tuesday."

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The Goodlettsville Tyson plant has also experienced an outbreak. Metro Health Department officials reported about 120 people tested positive for COVID-19.