Virginia chicken plant workers demand more to stop coronavirus spread


ACCOMAC COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – Virginia chicken plant workers say they want more to be done to stop the spread of COVID-19 as the state has recognized a possible link between poultry plants and recent outbreaks of coronavirus.

On Monday, chicken plant workers and supporters gathered, honked and chanted while inside their cards at the Perdue Processing Plant in Accomac.

The protestors say they are thankful for changes Perdue has already taken to stop the spread, but they demand the plant be closed for at least two weeks to ensure proper cleaning and better social distancing guidelines are introduced.

“We understand they provide meals for millions of people, but lives are more important right now,” said a protester at the plant.

The plant says it is taking precautions, like taking temperatures and cleaning the facility regularly.

Governor Northam says that while plants in Virginia are taking safety precautions to stay operational, he is concerned about the continued rise in cases.

Perdue isn’t the only plant having issues.

The federal government is taking steps in response to the situation regarding meat plants across the country.

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