Farbest Foods confirms over 100 employees test positive for COVID-19

Updated: May. 18, 2020 at 4:38 PM CDT
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DUBOIS Co., Ind. (WFIE) - Dubois County sees a spike in positive coronavirus cases. Farbest Foods officials confirm 101 employees have tested positive for COVID-19 at its Huntingburg plant.

They tell us 23 tests are still pending. Mandatory employee testing began Friday at the turkey processing facility.

The company shut the plant down Monday and Tuesday as those test results come in.

“Well, hopefully, we don’t have to take any steps backwards,” owner of Downtown Emporium Carla Pershing said.

Farbest Foods announcing so far they have 101 COVID-19 positive cases. The Indiana State Department of Health administered 588 tests to workers starting Friday at the turkey processing plant.

“If we have to step back a little bit, I think we’re all willing to do what we can to keep everybody safe and healthy,” Pershing said.

Farbest says swab tests were conducted in high touch surface areas of the plant. They say results came back negative. Farbest says at this time, there is currently no evidence of transmission of COVID-19 associated with food.

“I feel like we can be aware of it, take the precautions that we need to as far as keeping our hands clean, keeping sanitized, wearing the mask,” owner of Gehlhausen’s Flowers & Gifts Linda Gehlhausen said.

Health department officials say the large spike in numbers is due to the ISDH’s strike team events over the past week. Health officials say those who have tested positive are now in self-quarantine.

Dubois County Community Corrections Work Release Program leaders say they also had seven more people test positive as of Saturday, none of them were staff members.

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