Workers at Jasper-based Farbest Foods Inc. are expected back on the line Wednesday, following a two-day shutdown, as the company tested its workers for the novel coronavirus.
The turkey processing company said 101 out of 588 employees from its Huntingburg facility tested positive.
Test results are still pending on 23 additional workers.
According to Farbest Foods, the employees who tested positive were asymptomatic.
Those who tested positive will self-quarantine for 10 days to prevent further spread of the virus within the community. In a statement, Farbest said it is prepared to resume operations.
“At this time, the plant is scheduled to reopen on Wednesday, May 20th for those with negative test results. However, due to the rapid speed at which data becomes available, this situation requires flexibility, and we are prepared to adapt our schedule as the need arises. Our number one priority continues to be the safety and health of our employees, and we will make decisions with that in mind.”
Farbest also operates a plant in Vincennes. The company is one of the largest turkey processors and exporters in the U.S.