Tyson Food monitors plants nationwide for COVID-19

SPRINGDALE, Ark – Tyson Food launches a new monitoring program in an effort to protect workers from COVID-19.

The program will have outside medical professionals use data to determine what workers without symptoms to test, as well as workers who exhibit certain symptoms or have come in contact with someone with the virus.

Testing will monitor three categories:

  • Strategic, always-on monitoring. Team members who have no symptoms may be selected for testing based on an algorithm-based selection process. The number tested each week will be dynamic and adjusted based on factors, such as the number of positive cases involving plant workers as well as people in the community.
  • Symptomatic team members. The company conducts health screenings daily as team members arrive for work. Those found to have symptoms will be tested using CDC GUIDANCE.
  • Close contacts. Team members who have come into close contact with co-workers (or non-Tyson personnel in the workplace) who have symptoms or have tested positive will be tested according to CDC guidance.

The new testing strategy was designed by MEDICAL MATRIX in accordance to guidance from the CDC.

Tyson created a Chief Medical Officer position with plans to add around 200 nurses and administrative support personnel to help the 400 employees currently employed as part of the company’s health services team.