(tncms-asset)c1b2bb22-9a41-54e4-b2ca-5e32a11fc370(/tncms-asset)Tyson Foods is partnering with a health care provider to open a new medical clinic serving the meatpacking workers at Tyson’s beef plant in Lexington and their families.
Lexington, population 10,000, is home to a Tyson plant that employs nearly 3,000 people. Early on in the pandemic, the plant and surrounding Dawson County were hit hard by the coronavirus. The rate of infection has decreased significantly since March, but still about 1 in 24 people in Dawson County have tested positive for the virus.
The new clinic is part of a pilot project between Tyson and corporate health care company Marathon Health, which will run the facilities. Clinics providing primary and preventative care and mental health counseling will be established near seven Tyson plants. Other locations include Storm Lake, Iowa, and Holcomb, Kansas.
Many plants have on-site nurses or health staff, and some, like the JBS USA plant in Grand Island, operate clinics, too. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration said there are many health and safety hazards in the meatpacking industry, including sharp and dangerous tools, slips and falls and repetitive motion injuries from breaking down animal carcasses.