GREELEY, Colo. (CBS4) — A seventh employee at the JBS meatpacking plant in Greeley has died from coronavirus, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported Wednesday.
No additional information was available about the latest victim.
Kim Cordova, President of UFCW Local 7, which represents 3,000 workers at JBS in Greeley, issued the following statement:
“It is with extreme sadness to learn another worker at JBS is reported to have died of COVID-19, making this the seventh death, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment data. Greeley continues to be a hotspot in Colorado and it’s clear that we need to work together as a community, to break this cycle of death.”
There are 280 people at JBS who have tested positive for cornavirus, according to state website.
The plant reopened on April 30 after being shut down for cleaning. An executive order from Pres. Donald Trump requires all such plants in the country to remain open to safeguard the food supply.