• Matt Esnayra

Update: LA Co. Identified Outbreaks of Coronavirus at 9 Vernon Facilities; 153 Cases at Farmer John

Updated: May 25, 2020


The L.A County Department of Public Health has identified outbreaks of coronavirus at nine facilities in the City of Vernon.

  • The largest outbreak is at the Smithfield owned Farmer John facility where health officials confirmed 153 employees tested positive.

  • Out of the 153 employees who were positive, 41 employees returned to work says LA Public Health officials.

  • It is unclear if the rise in cases is due to additional testing or a spread amongst workers

The Facilities Are:

  • CLW

  • Via De France Yamazaki Inc

  • Cal Farms Meat Company

  • Takaokaya USA Inc

  • F. Gavina & Sons Inc

  • Golden West Trading

  • Overhill Farms

  • Rose and Shore

Previously Reported:

At least 100+ people at the Vernon Farmer John plant have come down with the coronavirus, the same facility that manufactures the famous Dodger Dogs, per LAist.

  • According to the L.A Public Health Department, 116 employees have tested positive at the Smithfield owned meat processing plant.

  • The coronavirus outbreak at Smithfield’s Vernon plant is the largest listed by the county’s public health department at a nonresidential setting, per the L.A Times.

Why it matters:

In a report by the C.D.C, 4,913 meat or poultry workers were diagnosed with the coronavirus, and twenty related deaths were reported across 19 states.

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