The number of positive COVID-19 cases reached 373 at Triumph Foods, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services said Sunday.
In Buchanan County, cases rose to 229, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Not all Triumph employees who have tested positive live in Buchanan County.
The caseload continues to rise as the state conducts mass testing of asymptomatic employees and contract workers at the St. Joseph meatpacking plant.
The latest results show some slowing in the number of new cases. The state reported 295 cases on Friday and 359 on Saturday. Ten days ago, nine employees had tested positive.
“We continue to work this weekend contacting these asymptomatic patients and have initiated the process of contact tracing with those determined to be close contacts of our positive cases,” said Dr. Randall Williams, director of DHSS.
Coronavirus outbreaks have hit meatpacking operations throughout the Midwest, with some plants closing temporarily and farmers expressing concern about losing an end market for livestock.
Last month, an advocacy group filed a civil lawsuit claiming Smithfield Foods put workers and the public at risk of contracting the coronavirus at a pork-processing plant in Milan, Missouri.
Missouri as a whole recorded 8,386 cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. The number of cases is up by 232 from 8,154 Saturday, resulting in a 2.9% increase.
The number of deaths increased from 351 to 352.
Meanwhile, Johns Hopkins University, which also counts presumptive positive cases, is reporting 8,437 cases in Missouri and 376 deaths.
Mosaic Life Care has issued 2,071 tests, with 84 returning a positive result, 1,956 a negative result and 31 still pending. Two patients are inpatients, all others are outpatients.
Kansas is recording 5,030 cases of COVID-19, up from Saturday’s number of 4,746, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. A total of 134 people have died.