SIOUX FALLS, SOUTH DAKOTA (KMHL) – Problems with the coronavirus aren’t stopping at the South Dakota border.
The union that represents workers at Smithfield Foods plant in Sioux Falls says more than 120 workers at the plant have become infected with COVID-19.
The company announced today that the plant, which employs about 2,800 people in Sioux Falls will be closed for three days.
“Smithfield Foods is taking the utmost precautions and actions to ensure the health and well-being of our employees – with an even increased emphasis on our critical role in the ongoing supply of food to American families,” said Smithfield president and CEO Kenneth Sullivan. “Our Sioux Falls plant supplies nearly 130 million servings of food per week, or about 18 million servings per day, to our country.”
The company says it will expand cleaning processes and put new barriers in place to promote social distancing.
In addition, the company says employees will be paid for any previously scheduled hours.