STX Beef employees test positive for COVID-19

Posted at 1:26 PM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-08 10:23:32-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — UPDATE: During Thursday's County/City COVID-19 daily briefing, Health District Director Annette Rodriguez confirmed seven (7) STX Beef employees have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Six of the seven live in the Nueces County.

Annette Rodriguez with the Nueces County Health District confirmed Thursday six (6) employees at the local processing plant STX Beef (formerly Sam Kane) tested positive for the virus.

During Wednesday's county/city daily briefing, Rodriguez announced some employees had been infectedbut she wasn't certain on the exact count.

"We have a handful of people who have actually tested positive," Rodriguez said.

The Health District says 3 of the infected workers are hospitalized

The Health Director for the Corpus Christi Nueces County Public Health District says the county and STX Beef company are working to see if the 7 to 800 employees here need to be tested. If they do, they’ll need the state to send a Rapid Response Team to provide enough tests for the hundreds of employees here.

“We reached out to the department of state health services to ask them about the governors plan for a strike force team and we’re trying to find out how it works and how to activate them if we need them”

The Health District says it is working to see if this outbreak qualifies as a "hot spot" under Governor Greg Abbott's guidelines in order to determine a course of action.