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Kansas sausage making plant shuts down amid COVID-19 cases

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TOPEKA Kan. (AP) — A Kansas plant that makes sausage has shut down after five employees tested positive for the coronavirus amid continued problems at meatpacking plants in the state and across the country.

The shutdown at the Johnsonville plant in Holton, which employees about 230 workers, took effect Wednesday.

Johnsonville didn’t announce when it plans to reopen the plant. Johnsonville said all employees will continue to get paid, and downtime will be used to implement even more aggressive safety protocols before reopening.

Some new safety protocols include placing additional barriers between workstations where social distancing isn’t possible.

The plant already had been requiring mandatory temperature checks.

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