According to United Press International, nearly 5,000 U.S. workers in 115 meat processing facilities across 19 states have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to figures released on May 1 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Cases of the disease, caused by the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, were reported between April 9 and 27, the CDC said, and account for roughly 3% of all workers at the impacted facilities. To date, 20 of the workers have died from the virus.
The agency also noted, however, that the list is not comprehensive. Facilities in at least four additional states reported one or more confirmed cases of the virus but did not submit data in time to be included in the analysis.