Tyson Foods is working with Matrix Medical to test team members at more than 30 of its U.S. production facilities.
Tyson completed facility-wide testing for COVID-19 at its Portland, Maine poultry plant, where limited production resumed last week. Of the 403 team members and contractors who work at the facility, 51 tested positive, including 31 individuals who did not show any symptoms and otherwise would not have been identified. Team members who test positive receive paid leave and may return to work only when they have met the criteria established by both the CDC and Tyson.
As it is doing in Portland, Tyson will disclose verified test results at other plants to health and government officials, team members and stakeholders as they become available.
“Our top priority is the health and safety of our team members, and we are working with local health departments to manage the impact of this pandemic on our team members, their families and our communities,” said Tom Brower, Senior Vice President of Health and Safety for Tyson Foods. “As we learn more about this virus, we continue to do everything we can to protect our team members and ensure they feel safe and secure when they come to work."
Testing at the Portland facility took place from May 2 - 4 while the plant was temporarily closed for cleaning and sanitization. The plant, which resumed limited production on May 7, is located in Cumberland County, where 714 confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported as of May 11.
Team members at Tyson’s Portland facility will have access to daily clinical symptom screenings. Tyson also performs temperature checks for all team members before every shift, provides mandatory protective face masks to all team members, and mandates a range of social distancing measures including physical barriers between workstations and in break rooms.
Tyson has increased short-term disability coverage to 90% of normal pay until June 30 to encourage team members to stay home when they are sick. The company also has doubled its “thank you” bonus for its frontline workers. Team members who cannot come to work because of illness or childcare issues related to COVID-19 will continue to qualify.