Lawsuit alleges Tyson managers wagered how many workers would contract COVID-19 — 11/19/20

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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.

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“With few tools available right now to curb spread other than increasingly urgent public appeals, our COVID numbers are growing rapidly and predict, quite accurately so far, a health care crisis in Wisconsin that without significant, swift, and unified action will become a catastrophe …. We agree with Dr. (Deborah) Birx and a growing number of your colleagues, that Wisconsin needs to do more. We need you, the state’s top elected officials, to come together immediately with unified actions to slow demand for care by mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and to increase the capacity for care by making significant investments in our workforce and care sites and further streamlining regulatory policies.”

— Wisconsin Hospital Association President and CEO Eric Borgerding in a letter to Gov. Tony Evers and legislative leaders Thursday

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