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USDA food safety inspector in Kansas dies of COVID-19

(WIFR)
Published: May. 15, 2020 at 11:00 AM CDT
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A Kansas food safety inspector for the U.S. Department of Agriculture has died amid the outbreak of coronavirus at meat processing plants.

reports the inspector was located in Dodge City.

The inspector, who was not identified, is now the fourth USDA inspector to die from COVID-19 amid the pandemic.

“USDA can confirm the passing of an employee,” according to the agriculture department. “The safety and well-being of our employees is our top priority. We thank those working on the front lines of our food supply chain for remaining on the job and for making sure the American people have access to safe food.”

Kansas is currently tracking 88 clusters around the state. Nine have been linked to meatpacking plants which account for nearly 23-percent (1,791) of the state's 7,886 cases of COVID-19.

Ford County, where Dodge City and two meatpacking plants are located, currently leads Kansas in the number of positive COVID-19 cases 1,299 cases.

As of May 15, four deaths in Kansas were linked to meatpacking plants.