By Stephen Nakrosis 
 

JBS USA on Friday said it was reopening its beef facility in Greeley, Colo., following a voluntary quarantine of its workforce.

"After voluntarily closing the Greeley beef facility in an effort to stop potential spread among our workforce and contribute to community containment, we have taken proactive steps to complement our existing Covid-19 prevention efforts in the facility and continue to provide a safe working environment," said Chris Gaddis, JBS USA Head of Human Resources.

The company said it would conduct daily temperature screenings of workers, and also said symptomatic team members would receive free, on-site testing. "Any team member with a fever or other confirmed Covid-19 symptoms will be immediately sent home."

During the closure, JBS said, the facility was deep-cleaned, a new ventilation system was installed, existing social distancing protocols were enhanced and physical barriers were installed on production lines, among other steps.

"Officials from the CDC, NIOSH and WCDPHE visited the Greeley facility multiple times during closure to assess, validate and improve the company's reopening plan," JBS said.

 

--Write to Stephen Nakrosis at stephen.nakrosis@wsj.com

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

April 24, 2020 15:16 ET (19:16 GMT)

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