Who’s watching the plant? JBS oversight responsibilities seem murky as case counts, deaths climb

The Greeley Tribune: The COVID-19 outbreak at the JBS beef plant in Greeley isn’t going away, but the oversight of the plant by public health department seems to be in flux.

Though the number of cases at the plant remains higher than any private facility in the state and the number of reported deaths continues to climb — a reported eight per the Denver Post this week — the attention being shown the plant by the health departments that once went as far as ordering the plant shut down seems to be losing steam.

JBS was ordered to close April 10 by a joint public health order between Weld County’s health department and the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment. The order was only in effect until April 15, but the plant voluntarily closed until April 24, at which point releases from the plant and county indicated that numerous safety measures — essentially equivalent to measures that had been touted by plant leadership before the closure had been implemented.

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