WASHINGTON D.C.- Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds discussed efforts to protect meat processing workers from COVID-19, during a meeting at the White House today (Wednesday). Reynolds discussed efforts the plants have been taking, including increased testing for the virus, temperature scans, mandatory masks, and other preventative measures to protect employees and keep the meat supply chain moving.
Those in attendance included President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, U.S.D.A Secretary Sonny Perdue, and members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order under the Defense Production Act last month to keep meat packing plants across the country open, amid the pandemic.
Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig says production is slowing resuming at processing plants in Iowa, including at the large Tyson pork processing plant in Waterloo, but he says there is still a logjam in the system.
This week Iowa Department of Public Health officials announced more than 1,600 meat processing plant workers across the state have tested positive for COVID-19.