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Weeks after becoming the site of one of Colorado’s largest workplace coronavirus outbreaks, JBS’ Greeley beef production plant is set to reopen to its workers Friday.
Upon reopening, JBS is required to implement various disease mitigation and social distancing measures to prevent further spread of COVID-19, which has infected 102 JBS employees and killed four, according to data from the Colorado health department.
Before entering the facility, all workers will have their temperatures taken, JBS told the Coloradoan. During these daily screenings, if an employee shows any symptoms of COVID-19, they will be tested for the virus at a temporary on-site testing station that will be staffed by the Weld County health department for the first five days of operations, according to a Weld County news release.
Starting Friday, JBS is required by the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment to do the following:
- Share “key messages” with its employees
- Require workers to wear provided face masks throughout their entire shifts
- Provide hand sanitizer throughout its production facility
- Implement physical distancing for all workers
- Increase signage and communication in its facility
JBS temporarily shuttered its facility after the Weld County and Colorado health departments issued a joint public health order on April 10. The order required JBS to close its Greeley facility and get a handle on the virus, which has recently plagued several meat production plants — including other JBS facilities — across the country.
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