While employees were being ordered to work despite an alarming rise in the number of COVID-19 cases at the Waterloo Tyson plant, their supervisors were quietly betting among themselves how many would fall ill with the virus.
That's what a recently amended wrongful death lawsuit alleges, according to court documents.
Read the full complaint here.
Here are other stories The Courier has written about how COVID-19 decimated employees' ranks at the plant.
"I'm hearing from workers that they're not getting the PPE (personal protective equipment), they're starting to take down the (plastic) dividers."
Tyson Foods will launch weekly coronavirus testing of workers after outbreaks sickened thousands of employees and idled production at several meat plants this spring.
A new report studying the impact of the coronavirus on workers at meat processing plants has found 87% of people infected were racial or ethnic minorities and that at least 86 workers have died.
Black Hawk County Health Department officials said there were 1,031 reported cases of COVID-19 among the roughly 2,800 workers at the Tyson Fresh Meats hog-processing facility.
Local government and health officials are hopeful but wary as Tyson Fresh Meats moves to reopen its Waterloo pork processing plant Thursday.
Pork production is falling as Tyson Foods grapples with COVID-19 and its impact on its workforce.
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