Tyson Foods, Inc. released a statement yesterday (June 11) about results from its facility-wide COVID-19 testing efforts on June 4 to June 6 on Berry Street in Springdale.
There were 199 team members out of 1,102 who tested positive for the virus, and only one showed symptoms at the sign of testing.
“The other 198 individuals who tested positive did not show any symptoms and otherwise would not have been identified,” the statement said. “This is in addition to 48 positive cases identified at Berry Street by the Department of Health or when seeking care through their own health care providers. Team members who test positive receive paid leave during the quarantine period required by the CDC and may return to work only when they have met the criteria established by both the CDC and Tyson.”
The Berry Street facility is among more than 40 production facilities in the United States where Tyson is increasing testing capabilities with Matrix Medical. Axiom Medical will track the symptoms of team members who test positive and provide additional care.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson commented on the facility outbreak numbers today (June 12) at his COVID-19 daily press conference.
“That’s not startling at all,” he said. “That’s a high positivity rate, but that’s still not startling because we know that there were some cases in this particular facility. The significant fact that I hope everybody pays attention to is that out of the 199 positive cases, only one was symptomatic.”
He later added, “This illustrates the importance that just because somebody might feel ill, they will stay home and isolate themselves. But there’s many out there, I think you can say, that are not showing any symptoms, are not aware that they are positive and yet they are capable of spreading the virus. And for that reason, it is critically important that we [follow everyday health habits].”