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Tyson Foods is briefly shuttering a Wilkesboro, North Carolina, plant experiencing a coronavirus outbreak as the company begins reopening some of its hard-hit plants in the West and Midwest.
Tyson is closing the fresh meat plant from Saturday through Monday for "deep cleaning and sanitizing," a Tyson spokesperson told FOX Business. Tyson's food service plant, also in Wilkesboro, is not affected, the spokesperson said.
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Wilkes County, home to the plants, has 194 COVID-19 cases, with a "majority" linked to the Tyson plant, according to a Friday press release.
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"The Wilkes County Health Department went onsite at Tyson to conduct 200 COVID-19 tests," the county said. "They had 39 positive tests out of the 200 which is 19%."