Covering Covid: Essential : Embedded The workers who produce pork, chicken, and beef in plants around the country have been deemed "essential" by the government and their employers. Now, the factories where they work have become some of the largest clusters for the coronavirus in the country. The workers, many of whom are immigrants, say their bosses have not done enough to protect them.
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Covering Covid: Essential

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The workers who produce pork, chicken, and beef in plants around the country have been deemed "essential" by the government and their employers. Now, the factories where they work have become some of the largest clusters for the coronavirus in the country. The workers, many of whom are immigrants, say their bosses have not done enough to protect them.

A sign outside the Smithfield Foods pork processing plant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, one of the country's largest known Coronavirus clusters. Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A sign outside the Smithfield Foods pork processing plant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, one of the country's largest known Coronavirus clusters.

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