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JBS steps up COVID-19 prevention measures

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO JBS has installed thermal imaging in a health center for employees to walk through before they start their shifts.

JBS has implemented some new COVID-19 preventive measures at facilities, including at the Marshalltown plant.

One of the measures is a health screening center which all employees, contractors and vendors must walk through. A feature at the center is hands-free thermal imaging.

Cameron Bruett, corporate affairs of JBS in Greeley, Colo., said the company has had team members test positive for COVID-19.

“We are providing support to those team members and their families and we hope they all make a full and speedy recovery,” he said. “Out of respect for the families, we are not releasing further information.”

To ensure a safer working environment for employees, some additional steps include:

• Increasing sanitation, cleaning and disinfection.

• Promoting social distancing in break and locker rooms and cafeterias and through staggered shifts and breaks.

• Providing personal protective equipment.

• Removing employees most vulnerable to COVID-19 — those age 65 and older and those with underlying medical conditions –and offering them full pay and benefits.

• Requiring sick employees to stay at home and relaxing attendance policies

• Offering free LiveHealth Online services for virtual doctor visits.

• Providing free preventative care.

• Waiving short-term disability waiting periods.

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