PUEBLO, Colo. (CBS4) — A local union is asking that the Mission Food Plant in Pueblo be shut down for deep cleaning after another outbreak of COVID-19. Eight additional UFCW Local 7 members have been confirmed COVID-19 positive at the plant — following the outbreak of six cases there this past June. The plant has 200 workers.
The health department says one in 29 people are currently contagious in Pueblo. The statewide average is roughly one in 41.READ MORE: Colorado Gets First Excessive Heat Warning On Record With Highs Set To Near 110 Degrees
“We request that the plant be temporarily closed for 14 days to conduct deep sanitization of the facilities to stop further contagion,” Kim Cordova, President of UFCW Local 7 stated.READ MORE: Speed Flier Rescued From Summit County Mountain As Rescue Calls Continue To Climb
“In addition, we are asking for quarantine pay, since workers will have to quarantine at home for 14 days to limit community spread,” Cordova stated.
Union officials say the county is required to enforce the Level Red coronavirus restrictions that went into effect on Nov. 22.MORE NEWS: 2 Year Old In Denver Amber Alert Found Safely
Mission Foods is a Mexican-owned tortilla company that sells products under various name brands.