Ninety employees at a Tyson Foods meat-processing plant in Tennessee tested positive for the CCP virus. Meanwhile, the company is still running and stepping up its safety measures.
The Goodlettsville factory of Tyson Foods, the world's second-largest meat-processing firm, delivers case-ready pork and beef products and employs some 1,600 people.
The company added that the Metro Public Health Department (MPHD) "has been satisfied with the measures we have in place."
MPHD which oversees Davidson County—where Goodlettsville is located—found out last week about the mass-contamination after an in-depth investigation into the health and working conditions of the employees.
Tyson Foods spokesman Gary Mickelson said three of the deceased employees worked at the company's chicken processing plant in Camilla, while the fourth person worked in a supporting job outside the plant. Two other workers died in Columbus Junction, Iowa, Mickelson said. He did not say how many employees have been infected.
"We understand that people are anxious during this very challenging time, which is why we believe information is the best tool for combating this virus," Hector Gonzalez, Tyson's senior vice president for human resources, said in the statement on April 17. "We want our team members to express their concerns so that we have an opportunity to address them timely and properly."