Beloit worker sues over COVID-19 death — 4/16/21

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A worker is suing ConAgra Foods Packaged Foods, alleging he got infected with COVID-19 at work and passed the disease on to his wife, who died of it. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Maria Perez reports that Beloit resident Rigoberto Ruiz alleges the company didn’t ensure that employees wore masks in its Darien plant, where he worked and which processes Birds Eye frozen vegetables. The company claims it did implement federal health recommendations to prevent the spread of the disease. Perez found that as of June 1, the ConAgra plant was the site of Wisconsin’s third largest COVID-19 outbreak.

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