Hormel Foods in Alma has stopped production for two weeks because of the coronavirus.
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ALMA — Hormel Foods in Alma has stopped production for two weeks because of the coronavirus.
"We can confirm that we have had a team member who has tested positive for coronavirus at Alma Foods," a spokesperson for Hormel Foods said.
Hormel temporarily paused production at three out of 30 of its facilities nationwide. Alma Foods is a subsidiary of Hormel Foods Corporation and produces a line of fully cooked meals.
Operations at the Alma facility are expected to resume May 4. The plant employs about 100 people. There are only two confirmed cases in Wabaunsee County as of April 21.
Under its pay program, all Alma Foods team members will continue to receive full pay and benefits during the pause in production. When the facility reopens, additional safety protocols for team members will be in place.
Hormel indicated it is instituting the following measures at most of its plants: daily temperature checks, mandatory masks or protective face coverings, on-site nurses and increased sanitization frequency.
"The health and well-being of our team members is our top priority," said Shane Weers, Alma Foods plant manager, in a release. "Our team of production professionals has been doing an outstanding job as they have been doing their part to help provide food during this difficult time."
Hormel has another plant in Shawnee Mission. That plant will follow new safety measures.