Meat plant workers weigh risks

Meat plant workers in South Dakota have one of the highest clusters of COVID-19 cases in the country. More than 500 employees, and another 126 people connected to them have tested positive for the coronavirus.


National News

April 16, 2020 - 9:57 AM

Workers on a production line at the Cargill meat packing facility in Dodge City trim leg quarters. MCT Photo by Keith Myers / Kansas City Star / MCT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Kulule Amosa’s husband earns $17.70 an hour at a South Dakota pork plant doing a job so physically demanding it can only be performed in 30-minute increments. After each shift last week, he left exhausted as usual — but he didn’t want to go home.

He was scared he would infect his pregnant wife with the coronavirus — so much so that when he pulled into the parking lot of their apartment building, he would call Amosa to tell her he wasn’t coming inside. When he eventually did, he would sleep separately from her in their two-bedroom apartment.

“I’m really, really scared and worried,” Amosa said Monday.

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