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COVID claims 2 in a meat packaging plant

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Two employees of Tyson Foods at its pork plant in Columbus Junction, Iowa, died of COVID-19.

The Associated Press reported that the meat packing plant had been idle since April 6, when the company announced that more than two dozen workers were infected with the virus.

The company announced Monday that it will continue to suspend the plant this week after more workers test positive.

Tyson Foods Inc. is the parent company of Tyson Mexican Original of Portland.


OK’d expansion

The 38,000 square foot expansion project of the Poseidon barge in Bern was approved this week by the Bern Planning Commission

Construction is expected to start this month and be completed in late July.

Poseidon’s operations are located at 725 Chemin Parr.


Temporarily close

A McDonald’s restaurant in China has been temporarily closed after trying to ban black people due to the pandemic.

Located in Guangzhou, the restaurant posted a sign saying, “We have been informed that blacks are no longer allowed into the restaurant,” the BBC reported on Tuesday.

McDonald’s told the New York Post that the store was quickly closed when it became aware of the disturbing notice and that the restaurant’s apparent ban on blacks was “not representative” of the company’s values.


Only a handful

Only a handful of COVID-19 test centers at Walmart, Walgreens and CVS Health are now operating.

Business Insider said Walmart currently has four open coronavirus test sites.

It plans to have more than 20 coronavirus test sites operating in at least 10 states by the end of April.

Walgreens said it plans to open 15 driving test sites across seven states.

The company hoped to test up to 3,000 people a day.

CVS has opened three driving rapid test sites in Georgia, Massachusetts and Rhode Island in collaboration with federal and state officials, a company spokesperson told Business Insider.


Still the lowest

Although unemployment rates are increasing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mercer County had the lowest unemployment rate in Ohio before the virus hit.

The February rate for Mercer County was 3.1%. The Ohio rate for the same period was 4.1%.


Agreement completed

The First Bank of Bern’s acquisition of the Adams County Credit Union is now complete.

Announced for the first time in October, this acquisition has been reviewed by regulatory authorities.

The credit union has its head office in Monroe.


Jimmie passes

The colorful restaurant entrepreneur Jimmie Schindler died on March 26 in Fort Wayne. Originally from Geneva, he owned Jimmie’s Pizza in Portland in the 1970s and 1980s.

He then owned the Bandido restaurant chain, including the popular Bandido in Portland, and was often available to accommodate diners.


Selected geneva

The city of Geneva has been selected for a Make It Hour Own Mural Fest in northeast Indiana, the Adams County Economic Development Corporation announced.

The plans include the creation of murals in 11 counties, with the mural from Adams County in Geneva.

Artists can apply to participate on www.NEImuralfestival.com until the end of May.

A jury will then select artists who will make murals over an 11-day period from September 8 to 18.

The event is sponsored by Parkview Health, 3Rivers Federal Credit Union, Ambassador Enterprises and Avangrid Foundation.


Make a disinfectant

POET produces an ethanol-based sanitizer at its South Dakota biorefinery for distribution to nursing homes, assisted living facilities, firefighters, emergency medical services and other frontline workers.

POET is the parent company of POET Biorefining-Portland.

“A great strength of the American economy is its adaptability. I am grateful that POET has moved its production to a hand sanitizer that much needed first responders, including Sioux Falls police, firefighters and EMS staff. Sioux Falls is fortunate to have a great community partner and a corporate citizen like POET with headquarters here, “said Sioux Falls mayor Paul TenHaken in a statement.

POET has partnered with local companies, including Senproco Inc. to bottle the disinfectant and Cimarron to supply the labels.

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