More Than 800 Greeley Meat Packing Plant Workers Call Off as Coronavirus is Confirmed Among Employees

Several hundred workers at the JBS USA meat processing plant in Greeley called off work Monday as a handful of cases of the novel coronavirus were confirmed among employees.

About 500 people called off in the morning and another 400 did not go to work in the evening, said Kim Cordova, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7, a union that represents about 3,000 JBS USA employees at the Greeley plant.

Cameron Bruett, a spokesman for JBS USA, said only 800 employees called off work Monday. He said that typical Monday absences have hovered around 500 since schools closed earlier this month but that yesterday saw an additional 300 people stay home.

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