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Meatpacking Companies Scramble to Implement COVID-19 Safety Measures

(File photo by Stephanie Paige Ogburn, Harvest Public Media)

President Trump has signed an executive order to shore up the country’s meat supply. That comes after thousands of meatpacking workers have contracted COVID-19, causing some plants to shut down even as others remain open. No plants in Kansas have completely shut down yet...though the National Beef plant in Dodge City was closed a few days for deep cleaning. But around the Midwest and Plains states, meatpacking companies have put a hodgepodge of safety measures in place in response to the outbreaks. As Harvest Public Media’s Christina Stella reports, some employees still worry about their health.

Christina Stella reports on food and agriculture for Harvest Public Media and Nebraska's PBS and NPR stations. You can follow her on Twitter @c_c_stella. You can learn more about how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting farmers, ranchers, agriculture and agribusiness all around the region by visiting the Harvest Public Media website

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