Essential Workers; Smithfield Outbreak In South Dakota : 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.

Covering Covid: Essential

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 bus stop stands empty in front of the closed Smithfield Foods Inc. plant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, U.S., on Wednesday, April 15. Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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A bus stop stands empty in front of the closed Smithfield Foods Inc. plant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, U.S., on Wednesday, April 15.

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