8 Killed, 358 Affected in Coronavirus Outbreak at Foster Farms
Livingston Facility Shut Down Until Outbreak is Under Control
Livingston, CA (August 27, 2020) – A Foster Farms poultry processing plant has been ordered to shut down after eight employees have died of coronavirus and 358 others have tested positive. The cluster at the Livingston has been described as the most severe outbreak in the area.
The outbreak began June 29, prompting the Merced County Health Department to visit the plant multiple times. The plant was given suggestion to curb the spread of infection.
The true spread of COVID-19 at the facility is unknown since only certain employees have chosen to get screened for COVID-19 and report the results to Foster Farms. The company tested less than 100 people — about 10% — of one department. So far, more than 25% of employees have tested positive.
COVID-19 has still not been contained and the plant has been ordered to shut down by the Merced County Health Officer. The facility must close until it has controlled the outbreaks and can reopen safely. However, there are reports that the plant is continuing to operate despite the shutdown orders.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the friends and loved ones of the victims.