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Protesters urge state to close poultry processing plants

Shannon McNaught * Delaware
shannon.marvel@doverpost.com
Dover Post

Medical professionals "dedicated to saving and improving human and animal lives through plant-based diets" are urging the governor to close slaughterhouses and will protest in Dover tomorrow.

The Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit with a membership of over 175,000 medical professionals, sent a letter to the governors of all 50 states. The letter urges them to close meat and poultry processing plants across the country. 

As of May 14, according to data collected by Food and Environment Reporting Network, as of May 13, at least 15,689 U.S. meatpacking workers, food processors and farm workers have tested positive for COVID-19. At least 65 have died. 

Bloomberg reported this week that COVID-19 spread at twice the national rate in counties with meat processing plants. Last week, more than half of the 300 workers tested in just one Sussex County plant were found to be positive for the virus. Sussex has reported over 3,500 cases of infection, almost half the total cases for Delaware.