State Requiring COVID-19 Testing at Pilgrim’s Fresh Plan

Updated May 12, 2020 | 7:00 a.m.

During his daily press briefing on Friday, May 8, Governor Jim Justice announced the West Virginia Army National Guard was on its way to the Pilgrim’s Pride plant in Moorefield. At the request of the Governor, DHHR, and Hardy County Health Department, the West Virginia National Guard will be assisting in a medical support role to help test the large number of employees. The Guard will also be helping the local Hardy County Health Department with contact tracing and recommendations for self-isolation.

According to Hardy County Health Department Administrator William Ours, because of the increase in positive test results at the Pilgrim’s Fresh Plant, the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is requesting all workers at the plant be tested.

“We appreciate the ongoing cooperation of Pilgrim’s Pride and the many folks in our community that work in the processing plant,” said William Ours, Hardy County Health Department Administrator. “We have a shared goal of keeping everyone healthy and ensuring the ongoing safe operation of our food processing facilities.”

Pilgrim’s posted a notice to all processing plant employees that testing will be available beginning Monday, May 11 at the south end gravel parking lot for any team member who would like to be tested. Night shift will be tested from 5 – 11 a.m. Day shift employees will be tested from 1 – 7 p.m. Testing is not mandatory at this time.

For more information about the guidelines that will be followed, see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/meat-poultry-processing-workers-employers.html?deliveryName=USCDC_2067-DM26823