SIOUX FALLS, SD. – Smithfield Foods Inc. said on March 26 that an employee of its John Morrell pork plant in Sioux Falls tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).

According to a report in the Angus Leader, the employee is being quarantined for 14 days with pay and will not be permitted to return to work without clearance from a health care provider. 

“We have instituted a series of stringent and detailed protocols that follow the strict guidance of the CDC,” a Smithfield spokesman told MEAT+POULTRY

Earlier this week, Ken Sullivan, president and chief executive officer of Smithfield Foods, said worker and food safety remain top priorities as production continues at the company’s processing plants.

The company’s website provides more information on how it is handling COVID-19. 

“At all of our locations, we have enhanced the cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched objects and surfaces and are continuing to stress the importance of personal hygiene,” Smithfield said. “All our facilities and farms operate under strict biosecurity, which currently restricts all nonessential visitors.”