Wednesday, May 13, 2020
For weeks, people in rural communities in Nebraska charted the rise of coronavirus cases at the state's several meatpacking plants. First, there were handfuls, and then, many more. Then the numbers stopped. In a change initiated last week, Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) announced at a news conference that state health officials would no longer share figures about how many workers have been infected at each plant. The big companies weren't sharing numbers either, creating a silence that leaves workers, their families and the rest of the public blind to the severity of the crisis at each plant.
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