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At least 59,000 U.S. meat workers caught COVID. Nearly 300 of them — including several in Colorado — died.

At the height of the outbreaks, meatpacking production fell to about 60% of normal as several major plants closed for deep cleaning and safety upgrades

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JBS Foods cited after death in chemical vat in Colorado

JBS and its Swift Beef Co. operations were cited for eight safety violations related to the accident and is facing $59,000 in fines

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JBS fined $175K after Colorado worker loses arm in machinery

OSHA determined that JBS hadn't properly guarded the conveyor belt, and employees didn't know to wear a plastic device that ensures smock sleeves don’t dangle

Business

World’s largest meat producer JBS getting back online after cyberattack that stalled production lines in Greeley

The shut downs affected about 2,900 workers in Greeley, where the company's largest U.S. beef processing facility is located. A similar attack last year shut down Molson Coors.

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JBS ransomware attack disrupts meat production across the globe, including at Greeley plant

JBS didn't say which of its 84 U.S. facilities were closed Monday and Tuesday because of the attack. But a union official confirmed that two shifts at the company's largest U.S. beef plant, in Greeley, were canceled Tuesday.

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JBS meatpacking plant in Greeley shuts down so workers can get COVID-19 vaccine shots

Workers at the plant where six employees and a corporate manager died from the coronavirus will receive 4 hours of pay plus a $100 bonus for getting the vaccine.

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Workers at Greeley meatpacking plant where 500 were sickened by coronavirus will be vaccinated

The major meatpacking companies — JBS, Cargill, Tyson Foods and Smithfield Foods — say a number of states plan to begin vaccinating meat plant workers this week, including in Iowa, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, North Carolina, Missouri, Kentucky and Michigan.

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“We’ll never do as much as he did”: Immigrant meatpacker in Greeley who died from coronavirus left legacy of compassion

Saul Sanchez spent decades working alongside other immigrants and refugees at a JBS meatpacking plant in Greeley that would become a coronavirus hotspot

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JBS meatpacking plant in Greeley accused of negligence after COVID-19 outbreak

Hundreds of workers at the JBS plant in Greeley were infected with the coronavirus and at least six died

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Workers protest $15,615 federal fine for JBS meatpacking plant in Greeley where coronavirus killed six

The United Food and Commercial Workers Union called the fine for the multi-billion dollar company “insulting” and “ineffectual"

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A Salvadoran immigrant worked at a Fort Morgan slaughterhouse for 24 years. Coronavirus killed him in 10 days.

Juan Marin loved his life on Colorado’s Eastern Plains, where he worked alongside his two adult children. But he feared contracting COVID-19 at his job.

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Colorado’s governor says state can still shut meatpacking plants down as union calls for protections

“If they need to be closed again we are confident that we have the tools to be able to do that,” Gov. Jared Polis told reporters on Friday.

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Deaths among Colorado nursing home, senior care center residents hit 529

The fatalities represent about 57% of all the coronavirus fatalities in the state. Total confirmed and probable infections among nursing home and senior care center residents have passed 2,000.

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Even with beef plants staying open, reduced capacity means Colorado ranchers feel the coronavirus pinch

Ranchers only have about a two-week window to get their cattle to slaughter before they start losing money and quality. Even a slight disruption in the supply chain can throw everything off -- and already is.

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Meatpackers welcome Trump’s order that they stay open while others — including Colorado’s governor — question the coronavirus risks

There have been outbreaks of the coronavirus at a number of Colorado meat facilities

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JBS meatpacking plant in Greeley, site of deadly coronavirus outbreak, reopens

More than 100 of the 6,000 workers at the processing plant have tested positive for COVID-19 and four have died. Weld County health officials say the processor has developed testing and containment strategies.

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Stopping coronavirus is a huge challenge at crowded U.S. meat plants, including in Colorado

At least four meatpacking plants in Colorado have seen outbreaks of the new coronavirus

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Greeley beef plant to close until April 24 to stave off deadly coronavirus outbreak

The closure will allow for the plant to be cleaned and for staff to be tested for the virus.

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Union demands better conditions at Greeley beef plant as coronavirus outbreak worsens, draws White House’s attention

Both President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence mentioned the outbreak on Friday during their daily briefing on coronavirus with the media.

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Health officials investigate beef plant in Greeley after 30-plus employees test positive for coronavirus

On Tuesday, JBS USA CEO Andre Nogeuira told The Greeley Tribune he was confident workers inside the plant were safe from the virus

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