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Amy’s Kitchen confirms employees test positive for COVID-19, working with SIPH to ensure safety

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POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - UPDATE: SIPH and Amy's Kitchen confirmed a second staff member test positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday.

“In all likelihood, they acquired the infection through community transmission somewhere else, but again, our investigation is ongoing,” said Maggie Mann, the district director of SIPH.

Original:

The organic frozen food packaging plant, Amy's Kitchen, confirmed on Wednesday an employee at the Pocatello plant tested positive for COVID-19.

Senior director for company affairs Jessica Adkins told KIFI in a phone call that one employee did test positive for the virus this week.

The employees are self-isolating with sick pay and Adkins said anyone who came in contact with the staff members are also self-isolating. Adkins said the number of employees in self-isolation is currently in the single digits.

Amy's Kitchen has been working with the Southeastern Idaho Public Health department continuously to ensure safe working conditions for staff.

Staff who test positive for the virus have to wait three full days with no COVID-19 symptoms before returning to work.

Watch the video to hear from SIPH District Director Maggie Mann and Amy's Kitchen Plant Manager Norma Mery.

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Emma Iannacone

Emma is a reporter for Local News 8 and KIDK Eyewitness News 3.

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  1. Not that I expect the general public (of which I am part) to ever find out, but I wonder if the employee who tested positive was asymptomatic or–as many in a myriad of meat-packing/processing plants throughout the nation–was aware that they felt ill and STILL went to work, completely indifferent as to the health of their fellow employees, and a larger, unknown, number a down-the-food-chain customers.
    I saw an interview a few weeks ago out of Greeley, CO. A HUGE processing plant was closed down there when 3 or 4 HUNDRED employees tested positive for COVID-19. The aspiring Typhoid Mary said he was ‘concerned’ about the pandemic but simply could not ‘afford’ to miss work. Wonder how much meat HE processed ended up on innocents’ dinner tables/in “Long Term ‘Care’ Facilities”? 🙁

  2. Having 5 family members who currently work there, I feel the company should test all employees to contain any possible contact cases. It would be for the safety of the employees as well as our community.

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