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The family of a Tyson Foods meat processing plant worker who died of COVID-19 is suing the company, alleging that managers wagered money on how many workers at Waterloo, Iowa plant would contract COVID-19, Sydney Czyzon reports for the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.
The company, which also has plants in Green Bay and New London, Wisconsin, announced Thursday that it had suspended two managers accused of involvement in the Iowa betting pool, including one who allegedly called COVID-19 “not a big deal” and said “everyone is going to get it,” Czyzon reports.
“More than 1,000 of Tyson’s 2,800 Waterloo workers got COVID-19 in the spring, leading the company to temporarily stop operations and reopen with some new safety measures,” she wrote.
Tyson suspends managers named in lawsuit alleging betting on COVID cases inside waterloo plant — Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier
Gov. Tony Evers, Republican leaders to meet Friday to discuss COVID-19 response measures — Wisconsin State Journal
States that imposed few restrictions now have the worst outbreaks — The New York Times
Waukesha County officials say people need to take the growing coronavirus threat more ‘seriously’ to control it — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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Turkey to-go: Free Thanksgiving meal providers adapt to COVID-19 — Wisconsin State Journal