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Tolleson Mayor Anna Tovar, Arizona Sen. Lupe Contreras and Reps. Diego Espinoza and Lorenzo Sierra announced they partnered to secure COVID-19 testing for essential workers in Tolleson—including those at JBS meat plant.

“The city of Tolleson is home to thousands of essential workers who need convenient testing, and I will continue to form partnerships and collaborate with organizations to bring much-needed testing opportunities to our community,” Tovar said.

Testing of Tolleson essential workers was to take place May 21 and 22.

JBS, which processes beef and pork, is headquartered in Colorado, where more than 300 tested positive for COVID-19—including eight employees who died of the disease.

There have been no confirmed reports of coronavirus illness at JBS Tolleson, which has 1,200 employees, according to the company. The Tolleson plant is on 91st Avenue between West Buckeye Road and West Van Buren Street.

On its website, JBS said it has “adopted enhanced safety measures, health protocols and worker benefits to keep our workplaces, team members and products safe.”

According to the website, the safety measures include:

• Increased sanitation and disinfection efforts, with an emphasis on common areas like bathrooms, locker rooms and cafeterias.

• Implementing health screenings and 100% temperature testing of all team members.

• Access to extra personal protective equipment, including masks.

• Promoting physical distancing where possible by staggering starts, shifts and breaks; installing large tents to allow for more spacing during lunch breaks; constructing plexiglass dividers to place on lunch tables in common areas; and increasing spacing in cafeterias, break rooms and locker rooms.

• Encouraging sick team members to stay home from work.

• Relaxed attendance policies so people don’t come to work sick.