Tyson Foods says it has suspended production at its Columbus Junction pork processing plant.
The company released a statement saying they’ve identified two dozen cases of COVID-19 involving team members at the plant. The company headquartered in Arkansas and says it is experiencing varying levels of production impact due to additional worker-safety precautions and worker absenteeism.
The plant is located just outside of Muscatine County near Columbus Junction. Muscatine County had 41 cases of COVID-19 reported by the Iowa Department of Public Health as of Monday — with 52 in nearby Scott County.
Tyson says they will divert the livestock supply originally scheduled for delivery to Columbus Junction to its other pork plants in the region.
(This story was updated to clarify the location of the plant)