Update: COVID-19 Among Workers in Meat and Poultry Processing Facilities - United States, April-May 2020.

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    • Affiliation:
      CDC COVID-19 Emergency Response
      Epidemic Intelligence Service, CDC
      Arizona Department of Health Services
      Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
      Georgia Department of Public Health
      Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
      Illinois Department of Public Health
      Kansas Department of Health and Environment
      Kentucky Department for Public Health
      Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention
      Maryland Department of Health
      Massachusetts Department of Public Health
      Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
      Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
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    • Abstract:
      Meat and poultry processing facilities face distinctive challenges in the control of infectious diseases, including coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) (1). COVID-19 outbreaks among meat and poultry processing facility workers can rapidly affect large numbers of persons. Assessment of COVID-19 cases among workers in 115 meat and poultry processing facilities through April 27, 2020, documented 4,913 cases and 20 deaths reported by 19 states (1). This report provides updated aggregate data from states regarding the number of meat and poultry processing facilities affected by COVID-19, the number and demographic characteristics of affected workers, and the number of COVID-19-associated deaths among workers, as well as descriptions of interventions and prevention efforts at these facilities. Aggregate data on confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths among workers identified and reported through May 31, 2020, were obtained from 239 affected facilities (those with a laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 case in one or more workers) in 23 states.* COVID-19 was confirmed in 16,233 workers, including 86 COVID-19-related deaths. Among 14 states reporting the total number of workers in affected meat and poultry processing facilities (112,616), COVID-19 was diagnosed in 9.1% of workers. Among 9,919 (61%) cases in 21 states with reported race/ethnicity, 87% occurred among racial and ethnic minority workers. Commonly reported interventions and prevention efforts at facilities included implementing worker temperature or symptom screening and COVID-19 education, mandating face coverings, adding hand hygiene stations, and adding physical barriers between workers. Targeted workplace interventions and prevention efforts that are appropriately tailored to the groups most affected by COVID-19 are critical to reducing both COVID-19-associated occupational risk and health disparities among vulnerable populations. Implementation of these interventions and prevention efforts† across meat and poultry processing facilities nationally could help protect workers in this critical infrastructure industry.
    • Journal Subset:
      Biomedical; Public Health; USA
    • ISSN:
      0149-2195
    • MEDLINE Info:
      PMID: NLM32644986 NLM UID: 7802429
    • Publication Date:
      In Process
    • Publication Date:
      20200722
    • DOI:
      10.15585/mmwr.mm6927e2
    • Accession Number:
      144519492
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      WALTENBURG, M. A. et al. Update: COVID-19 Among Workers in Meat and Poultry Processing Facilities - United States, April-May 2020. MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report, [s. l.], v. 69, n. 27, p. 887–892, 2020. DOI 10.15585/mmwr.mm6927e2. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=rzh&AN=144519492. Acesso em: 29 out. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Waltenburg MA, Victoroff T, Rose CE, et al. Update: COVID-19 Among Workers in Meat and Poultry Processing Facilities - United States, April-May 2020. MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report. 2020;69(27):887-892. doi:10.15585/mmwr.mm6927e2
    • APA:
      Waltenburg, M. A., Victoroff, T., Rose, C. E., Butterfield, M., Jervis, R. H., Fedak, K. M., Gabel, J. A., Feldpausch, A., Dunne, E. M., Austin, C., Ahmed, F. S., Tubach, S., Rhea, C., Krueger, A., Crum, D. A., Vostok, J., Moore, M. J., Turabelidze, G., Stover, D., & Donahue, M. (2020). Update: COVID-19 Among Workers in Meat and Poultry Processing Facilities - United States, April-May 2020. MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report, 69(27), 887–892. https://doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6927e2
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Waltenburg, Michelle A., Tristan Victoroff, Charles E. Rose, Marilee Butterfield, Rachel H. Jervis, Kristen M. Fedak, Julie A. Gabel, et al. 2020. “Update: COVID-19 Among Workers in Meat and Poultry Processing Facilities - United States, April-May 2020.” MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report 69 (27): 887–92. doi:10.15585/mmwr.mm6927e2.
    • Harvard:
      Waltenburg, M. A. et al. (2020) ‘Update: COVID-19 Among Workers in Meat and Poultry Processing Facilities - United States, April-May 2020’, MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report, 69(27), pp. 887–892. doi: 10.15585/mmwr.mm6927e2.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Waltenburg, MA, Victoroff, T, Rose, CE, Butterfield, M, Jervis, RH, Fedak, KM, Gabel, JA, Feldpausch, A, Dunne, EM, Austin, C, Ahmed, FS, Tubach, S, Rhea, C, Krueger, A, Crum, DA, Vostok, J, Moore, MJ, Turabelidze, G, Stover, D & Donahue, M 2020, ‘Update: COVID-19 Among Workers in Meat and Poultry Processing Facilities - United States, April-May 2020’, MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report, vol. 69, no. 27, pp. 887–892, viewed 29 October 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Waltenburg, Michelle A., et al. “Update: COVID-19 Among Workers in Meat and Poultry Processing Facilities - United States, April-May 2020.” MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report, vol. 69, no. 27, July 2020, pp. 887–892. EBSCOhost, doi:10.15585/mmwr.mm6927e2.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Waltenburg, Michelle A., Tristan Victoroff, Charles E. Rose, Marilee Butterfield, Rachel H. Jervis, Kristen M. Fedak, Julie A. Gabel, et al. “Update: COVID-19 Among Workers in Meat and Poultry Processing Facilities - United States, April-May 2020.” MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report 69, no. 27 (July 10, 2020): 887–92. doi:10.15585/mmwr.mm6927e2.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Waltenburg MA, Victoroff T, Rose CE, Butterfield M, Jervis RH, Fedak KM, et al. Update: COVID-19 Among Workers in Meat and Poultry Processing Facilities - United States, April-May 2020. MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report [Internet]. 2020 Jul 10 [cited 2020 Oct 29];69(27):887–92. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=rzh&AN=144519492