PLAINWELL, Mich. (WWMT) — According to the Allegan County Health Department, 60 workers at the JBS USA beef processing plant in Plainwell have tested positive for COVID-19.
Lindsay Maunz, public information officer for the Allegan County Health Department, said at least one COVID-19 death is connected to the plant and the department has received more than a dozen complaints about the facility in April 2020.
Health officials conducted an on-site review of the plant’s social distancing, screening and hygiene practices on April 13.
She also said the plant shut down over the weekend but reopened April 20 with limited staffing.
JBS and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union announced on Sunday employees would receive temporary raises until the end of May and access to enhanced personal protective equipment.
According to an announcement from the union:
"We will not operate a facility if we do not believe it is safe. The health and safety of our team members is our number one priority. We have implemented a wide of range of measures to limit the potential spread of COVID-19 among our workforce," in a statement, a JBS spokesperson said.
The statement also said the company is implementing additional health and safety measures including: