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Coronavirus In Ohio: 200 Workers Test Positive At Dole Plant In Springfield

The laboratory test kit used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2.
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The laboratory test kit used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2.

Gov. Mike DeWine says at least 200 employees at a vegetables plant in Springfield have tested positive for the coronavirus. The governor announced that total Wednesday during a briefing in Columbus.

The Clark County Combined Health District recently tested 829 employees from the Dole Fresh Vegetables plant in Springfield.

The Springfield News-Sun reported earlier that the testing was done in an effort to slow workplace spread after confirmation of the first employee with the virus in late April.

A Dole corporate spokesman says the plant will continue operating with additional safety measures, such as temperature checks before entering the plant.