State Representative Tarah Toohil took to social media today with two short videos to the public and other companies in the area.
In her first video, Toohil says "We are asking other companies in the Greater Hazleton Area to please follow the example of Cargill Meat and try to hit the pause button for a couple of days, allow workers to stay at home and be paid so that we can ensure the safety of our community."
In a second video, Toohil said "Thank you to Cargill Meat. We applaud your voluntary decision to close the company for seven days. We thank you for paying your employees for these seven days, and thank you for putting the lives of your workers and this community first."
Cargill, located in the Humboldt Industrial Park, will be closing for a week according to an announcement made today. The company will be paying it's 800 employees for that week.
“As we continue to prioritize the health and safety of Cargill employees, we have decided to temporarily close our Hazleton case-ready protein plant,” Daniel Sullivan, Media Relations Director for Cargill Protein and Animal Health said in a statement to WBRE. “This will allow us to minimize the impact of COVID-19 and continue follow health department guidelines. This was a difficult decision for our team, but our values are guiding our actions.
Hazleton area companies have been under scrutiny after multiple confirmed cases within many of the area's manufacturing facilities, many of which has refused to close for cleaning even after multiple employees have tested positive for the coronavirus in some companies.
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