Nearly half of employees at a Seneca Foods factory in Wisconsin tested positive for coronavirus, according to the Barron County Department of Health and Human Services, a FOX 9 report shows.
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In fact, about 44% of workers at a fruit and vegetable processing company in the town of Cumberland have contracted respiratory disease. The first infection that the plant-related health department had was on July 19th.
Seneca Foods did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment, however, the Wisconsin National Guard reportedly administered tests for the potentially deadly virus on July 27 after a “set”; of cases were reported to Barron County health officials.
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“While this is a significant outbreak, it is not the only thing that contributes to the high number of cases in Barron County,” department health official Laura Sauve said in a statement to Fox News.
Many of the cases in the county have nothing to do with the explosion at the food plant, she said. In 40 percent of cases, infections can be traced to trips, gatherings, and crowded areas and events.
The county reportedly saw an attack of more than 260 new cases in the past month.
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As of Aug. 13, Barron County has a total of 315 cases, which includes 84 active cases, 228 recoveries, one hospitalization and three deaths, according to its daily COVID-19 update. More than 6,000 tests have returned negative results.
In addition to the Wisconsin National Guard, the Barron County Department of Health has partnered with Family Health La Clinica to provide free testing services to seasonal and full-time employees of Seneca Foods and their family members or close contacts.
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The state of Wisconsin has more than 63,200 confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to data from Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Panel. Slightly more than 1,000 of those cases resulted in death while more than 53,230 were cured.