DENVER (AP) — A major meatpacking plant in Colorado is closing indefinitely while its owner, JBS USA, the state and the federal government arrange an aggressive coronavirus testing campaign for its 5,000 workers.
Gov. Jared Polis says he’s spoken to Vice President Mike Pence to arrange getting testing kits to the plant in Greeley. JBS had announced the plant was closing after at least two workers died of the virus. Polis says the plant’s employees are in quarantine at home while a testing plan is being devised. Polis says JBS plans to disinfect the facility before returning to full operations. The company did not immediately comment. It processes beef at the Greeley plant.