Gov. Beshear discusses Green River testing, meat packing facilities

Coronavirus Watch Kentucky

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear adjusts his face mask during his daily coronavirus briefing at the Kentucky Emergency Operations Center in Frankfort, Ky., Wednesday, April 29, 2020. (Alex Slitz/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP)

Ky. (WEHT) — Gov. Andy Beshear says Perdue meat processing facilities in Kentucky are not working as well with his staff as other companies.

More than 70 employees at Tyson test positive for COVID-19, over 100 at Perdue Farms

Beshear took a question about meat processing facilities during his Friday briefing. He says the Tyson Foods plant in Henderson is working well with his staff and mentioned the plant’s temporary shutdown for cleaning. He then talked about Perdue but did not specifically mention the Ohio County facility.

“I will say that Perdue has not been as helpful and as responsive, but we are gonna continue to try to work with them to get the right things done. We can’t ask people to walk into a very dangerous situation if we and an employer aren’t doing everything they can to make it safe, so we’re gonna continue to take steps and we’ll do what it takes to make sure that we can make those facilities as safe as we can,” Beshear said. I continue to believe that if you have to shut down for three days but it means that you can create a safer, healthier environment, that may keep you from having to shut down for multiple weeks or even a month. So I hope those that need to hear that, hear that.”

Beshear says every inmate that was willing and every employee at Green River Correctional Complex has been tested for COVID-19.

Beshear says the results of those 1,200 tests should be available within the next week.

Some inmates at the facility are suing for their release.

Gov. Andy Beshear announced 177 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the statewide total to 4,879. 57,648 people have been tested. Eight more Kentuckians have died.

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