Some new COVID-19 cases coming from surge in poultry industry

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FILE – In this Dec. 12, 2019, file photo workers process chickens at the Lincoln Premium Poultry plant, Costco Wholesale’s dedicated poultry supplier, in Fremont, Neb. On Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, the Federal Reserve reports on U.S. industrial production for December. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Some of the new COVID-19 cases are coming from a surge in the poultry industry.

As of yesterday, 301 poultry workers have the virus from around the state and many of those cases are from poultry companies right here in Northwest Arkansas.

A total of 69 COVID-19 cases (57 active) are reported in Benton County poultry companies and 44 poultry workers (36 active) have contracted the virus in Washington County.

Those cases include 46 active cases at Ozark Mountain Poultry/George’s in Rogers (Benton Co.) and 24 active cases at Cargill Poultry in Springdale (Washington Co.).

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