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A total of 412 employees and contract workers at Triumph Foods have been found to have positive cases of COVID-19 after comprehensive testing of asymptomatic workers concluded.

The Missouri Department of Heath and Senior Services reported the number Tuesday afternoon. All employees were tested at the plant last week after an initial cluster of cases was found there. DHSS officials said 2,367 asymptomatic workers were tested from April 27 to May 1 on site at Triumph Foods as part of the state’s “box in” testing strategy when an outbreak is present among people living or working closely together.

Triumph initially told employees who tested positive on April 27 who had no symptoms that they could return to work on May 4. However, as Triumph Foods has informed its team members, the state health department has advised that the return to work guidance, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has been changed from seven days to 10.

Mary Robertson, the city’s communications and public relations manager, said Triumph has been diligent and is doing all of the right things through this process.

“A lot of it is personal responsibility, and I hope that we can all take that into consideration as we take care of ourselves and each other moving forward,” Robertson said.

Anyone who becomes symptomatic should notify their health-care provider. Testing continues to be available at the mobile testing site operated by Northwest Health Services.

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