Tyson Foods to reopen pork plant in Iowa

The plant has the ability to process 19,500 hogs per day

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Tyson Foods will begin limited operation of its largest pork plant on Thursday.

The Waterloo, Iowa facility was closed more than two weeks ago because of a coronavirus outbreak among workers, the company announced Tuesday.

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Tyson said workers have been invited to tour the plant Wednesday to see enhanced safety measures and social distancing procedures that have been implemented.

The plant has been closed since April 22, and the Iowa Department of Public Health reports 444 workers have tested positive for the virus.

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The Tyson plant has the ability to process 19,500 hogs per day. That accounts for 3.9 percent of the U.S. pork processing capacity, according to the National Pork Board.

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All those who will return to work have been tested for COVID-19, according to the company.

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Those who have tested positive will remain on sick leave until they can return to work.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.