Tyson Foods

Tyson Foods Inc., chicken products are displayed on the shelves of a Little Rock, Ark., grocery store.  (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

NOEL, Mo. (AP) — Tyson Foods has announced that 371 employees at its chicken processing plant in the far southwestern corner of Missouri have tested positive for COVID-19.

The company said in a news release Friday that it tested 1,142 employees at the plant in Noel from June 17 to June 19, and 291 tested positive for COVID-19. Of those 291, Tyson said 249, or 85%, were asymptomatic. Tyson said an additional 80 Noel employees tested positive for COVID-19 in separate tests that were performed by their healthcare providers or the state's Department of Health and Senior Services.

The announcement confirms suspicions that the large spike in McDonald County’s reported COVID-19 numbers starting this past weekend was the result of large-scale testing at the plant, the Springfield News-Leader reports.

Meat processing plants across the U.S. have been stung by outbreaks, including plants in other parts of Missouri.

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