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State Covid Total Tops 9000; Another Outbreak At Meatpacking Plant

May 14, 2020

Workers at a Tyson Processing plant in Madison

There are now more than nine-thousand COVID-19 cases in Nebraska.  As of yesterday, there were nine-thousand-75 cases and 107 deaths reported across the state during the pandemic.  Douglas County has seen 17-hundred-79 cases, while Hall and Dakota counties have each reported nearly 14-hundred coronavirus cases. Nebraska is working to distribute a drug approved to treat the coronavirus.  Governor Pete Ricketts says the state has been provided with 400 vials of Remdesivir.  The state's chief medical officer will determine how the drug will be distributed. Just over 200-workers at the Tyson meat processing plant in Madison are testing positive for COVID-19. A press release from Tyson Foods yesterday said 212-of-one-thousand-467 employees tested positive, and will receive paid leave. The workers are required to return back to work once they've been cleared by both the C-D-C and Tyson Foods criteria. Tyson leadership said all employees are now mandated to have temperature checks before every shift, wear protective face masks, and practice social distancing.