Wayne Farms confirms COVID-19 case again after Alabama officials say there’s no evidence

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JACK, Ala. (WDHN) — Wayne Farms spokesperson Frank Singleton officially confirmed the presence of COVID-19 among the employees at the company’s Enterprise facility in Jack.

The company confirmed the case along with the Georgia Department of Public Health. The employee is currently under quarantine.

In conjunction with Georgia Department of Public Health, the company is acknowledging a positive COVID-19 test result for a team member from the Enterprise facility in Jack, Alabama.

The affected employee is no longer at the work place, is under the care of their personal physician and self-quarantined. Certification from their health care provider confirming that they are disease-free before returning to work is required. The affected employee followed the Company’s protocol by leaving work to seek medical care at the first sign of symptoms, and thereby reduced the risk of exposure to fellow employees while undergoing evaluation, testing, and awaiting results. The company’s Occupational Health team is working in tandem with public health and medical officials to investigate and identify any further potential exposure and is monitoring those employees in accordance with CDC guidelines.

In addition, the facility has undergone stringent cleaning and sanitation procedures to confirm the facility is a clean and safe environment, and enhanced sanitation will continue. Importantly, the company has commenced daily temperature checks using infrared thermometers at workplace entrances for all employees and visitors at the Enterprise facility.

Friday morning, the Coffee County Emergency Management Agency and Alabama Department of Public Health said there was no evidence of such a case being at the time.

This is another situation of conflicting information in Coffee County after the ADPH reported a case of COVID-19 in the area only to retract it Thursday due to a mixup concerning the correct county. Alabama reports COVID-19 cases only by place of residence.

We are still following the story.

UPDATE:

The Coffee County Emergency Management Agency is working to confirm the factual nature of the Wayne Farms report.

The EMA posted this statement on Facebook Friday morning in regards to the possible case at Wayne Farms.

We are still confirming the legitimacy of the report by the local media of a person positive for COVID-19 at Wayne Farms. At this time we cannot confirm that this report is factual.

Coffee County Emergency Management Agency Facebook

This brings a new dimension to the case since a named company spokesperson spoke to another media outlet about the situation. We’re following the story as it develops.

ORIGINAL REPORT:

COFFEE COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — An employee of Wayne Farms’ Coffee County plant has tested positive for coronavirus.

According to a source close to the situation, the employee is a male resident of Covington County.

He traveled to an Enterprise health facility where he tested positive for COVID-19.

The news comes the same day an erroneous report was sent out that said a Coffee County resident had tested positive for the virus.

WDHN has reached out to Wayne Farms, the Coffee County Health Department, and the Alabama Department of Public Health for more information.

WDHN will continue updating this story as more information is released.

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