JBS plans to partially reopen its Green Bay, Wisconsin, meat processing facility tomorrow after closing on April 26 following a spike of positive coronavirus cases among employees.
In a statement to CNN, the company said they are no longer providing updated numbers on coronavirus cases at the facility, but added that “all team members are being tested and communicated with directly to ensure appropriate measures are taken to combat any potential spread in the community.”
As of May 1, at least 290 employees and 58 others linked to the JBS Packerland facility tested positive for the virus, according to the Brown County Health Department.
JBS said they plan to restart “harvest,” or slaughter, operations with reduced staff starting tomorrow.
Fabrication is expected to resume on Wednesday, according to spokesperson Cameron Bruett.
“We expect operations to normalize over time as absenteeism rates decline in response to the preventive measures in place at the facility and as team members clear any necessary quarantine protocols,” Bruett said.
More than 1,200 employees at the facility will be tested before returning to work, Bruett added.