Officials confirm 2 dozen coronavirus cases at Emporia Tyson plant


EMPORIA, Kan. (KSNT) – The Lyon County Public Health Department confirmed there are two dozen positive cases of coronavirus at the Tyson plant in Emporia on Monday.

Lyon County Public Health Officer Renee Hively says there are a number of possible cluster zones in Lyon County as a side effect of having many factories and plants in the area.

Hively’s team is taking precautions to get the situation under control. Her department is visiting the plants in the area to see how they can accommodate their needs.

Hively says the goal is not to shut down these factories, but to use their public health knowledge to help them continue working.

“We want them to continue to be able to provide the service they do for our community and for the rest of the world,” said Hively. “Really our goal is to maybe help slow that spread down so maybe it can be kind of a cycle. Cycle these employees in that are sick and then they get better and then we have another wave we can cycle out so that they can keep their lines going.” 

Hively adds that some factories have already added their own measures, like infrared thermometers to measure employee temperature as they clock in to work, or plexiglass dividers between workers.

Lyon County Public Health reported 77 positive cases of COVID-19 as of Sunday. Officials estimate another 21 probable positive cases.

The county also reported it’s first death due to the virus over the weekend as well.

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