Smithfield plant in Crete to remain open

A Smithfield Foods plant in Crete is not shutting down this week. 
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A Smithfield Foods plant in Crete is not shutting down this week.

An email sent to employees notified them the plant was taking a new approach and will instead put certain workers on a “half-day” schedule starting today with the entire day moving to a similar schedule Thursday.

We spoke with one of those workers, describing what she thinks about every morning before going to work.

“I’m scared, whats’ going to happen next,” said Smithfield Foods Employee.

Numerous employees told Channel 8 Eyewitness News on Monday that they had received emails saying the facility would be shut down to limit the spread of COVID-19, which the company did not confirm.

“My kids have to stay with my mom, I can’t touch them or anything because there is a lot of people that are infected and especially like I am a general laborer and I have to work with a lot of people,” said Smithfield Foods Employee.

The Smithfield worker fears that she will bring the virus home to her children but she has no choice but to work because her husband passed away so her family relies on one income.

A drive-up vigil was held outside the plant Saturday, with families of employees asking for safer working conditions. The vigil comes after health officials say at least 47 confirmed coronavirus cases have been linked to the facility.

Smithfield has already shut down several other facilities across the country.

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