JBS employee who died of COVID-19 was told she had just caught a cold and that she had to keep working
A company that died of the coronavirus was told by the company she worked for that she had just caught a cold and that she should continue working, her daughter claims.
Tin Aye, 60, had worked at the JBS plant in Greeley, Colorado for 12 years when she fell ill in March and visited a factory operating clinic, her daughter San Twin told the Daily beast.
“She says, ‘Hey, daughter, I’m coughing, my body is hurting, I’m having trouble breathing,” Twin recalled. “I said,” Mom, that’s a sign of COVID-19. You are already working. Can you now have yourself checked at the clinic? ‘
“She said,” Oh, they just told me I have a cold and I need to get back to work. I’m going back to work, “said Twin.
Tin Aye, 60, was the eighth employee at the JBS plant in Colorado to die of coronavirus. She can be seen above with her husband, daughter and son, a Marine
Aye’s union commemorates her death with the leaflet above
JBS closed and reopened its Greeley facility (above) for two weeks in April after cleaning the facility and taking various precautions
The Greeley plant already had confirmed cases of coronavirus at the time, and the union representing its workers has accused JBS of not protecting workers and encouraging workers to come sick to work.
Aye was the eighth factory worker who died during the outbreak, and at least 321 factory workers tested positive for the virus.
JBS closed and reopened the Greeley plant for two weeks in April after the facility was cleaned and several precautions were taken to prevent the coronavirus from spreading at the plant.
The company told DailyMail.com in a statement, “We are deeply saddened by the loss of our loyal team member. We have been and will continue to provide support to the family during this time. Our sympathy goes out to everyone affected by COVID-19.6 ‘
“If Mrs. Aye was told she had to work sick, it would be a clear violation of both corporate policy and our culture as an organization. We are currently investigating her situation to make sure we have taken the right steps, ‘the statement added.
Aye (above) was told by a business clinic that she had just caught a cold and, according to her daughter, had to continue working
Aye was an immigrant from Myanmar who started working in the JBS factory with her husband and children in 2007 shortly after arriving in the US
Aye’s family (seen with her above) was devastated after she died on Saturday
“We have plenty of health and safety policies in this challenging time and we don’t want sick team members to come to work. No one is forced to come to work and no one is punished for being absent for health reasons, “said JBS.
In addition, if a team member is afraid to come to work, they can simply call the company and inform us, and they will receive unpaid leave without any impact on their job. All team members in Greeley can also be tested if they choose, ” said the company.
In March, Twin says she has warned her mother that her symptoms can be dangerous.
“She told me she can’t eat,” Twin recalled. “She even threw up. I say, “Mom, that’s another COVID sign.” I keep repeating it. My mom said, “They told me it’s a normal cold. When I drink Tylenol or ibuprofen at home, it’s gone. ‘
Twin, who was then nine months pregnant, was actually the first in the family to be tested for coronavirus after complaining to her doctor about characteristic symptoms.
When her test came back positive, Twin knew she could have been exposed through her mom alone and urged her to go to a hospital right away.
Aye was hospitalized on March 29, a day after her daughter had her first child by caesarean section.
But Aye was hospitalized before she could see her first grandchild, a boy they called Felix.
Aye was intubated and remained in the hospital for over a month before dying on Saturday.
Across the country, according to the United Food and Commercial Workers, which represents many industry workers, at least 10,000 meat packers have been contaminated and 30 have died.
As a result, dozens of large red meat factories across the country had to temporarily close, disrupting supply chains for conventional pork and beef.
Many processing plants and slaughterhouses in the United States have been forced to shut down in recent weeks due to worker outbreaks (above)
The consumer price index for meat, poultry, fish and eggs reached a record high in April
Poultry factories, which rely more on automation, are less affected and no chicken processing plants are forced to close.
The impact for consumers was somewhat mitigated in April, as the closure of restaurants across the country liberated supply, but the shortage of stores is expected to increase only as some states allow restaurants to reopen, even if meat offerings in cold storage becomes dangerously low.
Recently released Federal Reserve data shows that the consumer price index for meat, fish, and poultry in US cities reached a record high in April due to shortages.
This week, the average advertised price for Italian sausage is up 18 percent from the same week a year ago, according to USDA figures.
Last week, the United States Department of Agriculture named 14 processing plants that had reopened or planned to reopen following an executive order from President Donald Trump that characterized the factories as “critical infrastructure.”
The USDA has defended the execution of Trump’s order, saying the factories guarantee worker safety, but the UFCW has called the Trump administration’s handling of the issue “reckless.”