Positive COVID-19 case at Butterball in Carthage
CARTHAGE, Mo. – There has been a positive case of COVID-19 confirmed at the Butterball plant in Carthage.
A Butterball spokesperson says in a statement:
“I can confirm that an employee at our Carthage, Missouri facility has been confirmed positive for COVID-19. We have been in contact with the individual, and they are currently in self-quarantine at home. Per our protocol, we are notifying any employees identified through contact tracing as having been in prolonged close contact with the individual. We are working with the local health department on this matter. As part of our commitment to sharing information with our teams, all employees throughout the facility are notified when an employee tests positive for COVID-19. In recent months we have made efforts at all of our plants, including our operations in Huntsville, to “flatten the curve”, including strict sanitization protocols, social distancing everywhere possible, daily temperature screenings and surgical-style face masks. We will continue to aggressively pursue initiatives that best protect our teams while they are at work. We continually evaluate our internal protocols to ensure we’re drawing from the latest guidance from the CDC and USDA as this crisis evolves.”
“We don’t have plans for mass testing of Butterball employees at this time, in part because free testing is readily available and also covered under Butterball insurance. We are working to connect employees to community resources for testing. Anyone who feels they may have been exposed to or have symptoms of COVID-19 is encouraged to see their physician and get tested.“
KOAM has also reached out to the Jasper County Health Department. Administrator Tony Moehr says they have not yet been notified of a positive case at the plant (as of 2:30 pm), saying “If there is a case, they don’t reside in Jasper County.” He says that after a case is confirmed, Butterball would contact the county in which the person resides, and then that county’s health department would contact the Jasper County Health Department.
According to the CDC, there’s been more than four thousand cases of COVID-19 at food processing plants across the country.