Meat Giant Tyson Preps for Virus Surge, Tracking Covid-19 With Algorithms

The company is using infection-tracking algorithms and employee testing to shield workers from a fresh surge in coronavirus cases and keep grocery stores stocked.

Tyson Foods Inc. is using infection-tracking algorithms and ongoing employee testing to shield workers at the biggest U.S. meatpacker from a fresh surge in coronavirus cases and keep grocery stores stocked, its chief executive said.

The Arkansas-based company, like other meatpackers, is spending heavily on protective gear and planning longer-term defenses against Covid-19. Tyson Chief Executive Dean Banks said the company is adding more space for workers at existing plants and designing new ones to include workstation dividers and other safeguards.

“Everyone is concerned about a second or third wave,” Mr. Banks said in an interview. The company is set to report quarterly results Monday .

U.S. meat giants including Tyson, Cargill Inc. and JBS USA Holdings Inc. are working to defend against another rise in infections after widespread outbreaks among workers in April forced those companies and others to shut dozens of plants across the country. By the end of May, more than 16,000 meatpacking workers had been infected, and 86 died, according to the Centers for Disease Control and [ … ]

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