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200 workers test positive at Dole plant in Ohio

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Posted at 10:05 AM, Jun 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-18 10:05:32-04

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's governor says at least 200 employees in a vegetables plant in western Ohio have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Mike DeWine announced that total Wednesday during a briefing in Columbus. The Clark County Combined Health District recently tested 829 employees from the Dole Fresh Vegetables plant in Springfield.

The Springfield News-Sun newspaper reported earlier that the testing was done in an effort to slow workplace spread after confirmation of the first employee with the virus in late April.

A Dole corporate spokesman says the plant will continue operating with additional safety measures, such as temperature checks before entering the plant.