Meat Giant Tyson Girds for Virus Surge, Tracking Covid-19 With Algorithms

Biggest U.S. meat company monitors infection rates through employee testing; ‘We’re much more prepared’ than in spring, CEO says

Tyson in July began a program that tests a number of employees for Covid-19 at each plant weekly.

Photo: Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press

Tyson Foods Inc. is using infection-tracking algorithms and ongoing employee testing to shield workers at the biggest U.S. meatpacker from a fresh surge in coronavirus cases and keep grocery stores stocked, its chief executive said.

The Arkansas-based company, like other meatpackers, is spending heavily on protective gear and planning longer-term defenses against Covid-19. Tyson Chief Executive Dean Banks said the company is adding more space for workers at existing plants and designing new ones to include workstation dividers...

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