Leaders from the Caldwell County Health Department recently toured JBS Lenoir to see the steps the company is taking to combat the spread of COVID-19.
“JBS Lenoir has done an exceptional job educating team members and implementing safety measures,” said Caldwell County Public Health Director Anna Martin. “The company’s management team is proactively working with us to ensure they are a protecting both their team and the community.”
At JBS, team members are provided with personal protective equipment, tools, equipment, and training to effectively perform their assigned job tasks. The facility uses company bulletins, automated phone calls, and text messages to update and educate team members on COVID-19, social distancing, how to wear the surgical mask, and how to wash their hands among other topics.
“As we navigate this challenging situation, our focus is on keeping our team members and our community safe. Through our enhanced safety measures, health protocols, and worker benefits, we are doing all we can to protect our team and keep this virus out of our facility so we can continue providing food for our families, our community, and our country,” said JBS Lenoir General Manager Jon Tucker.
To protect its team members, the Lenoir facility has taken the following steps:
- Maintaining a temperature and symptom screening station
- Installing physical barriers to distance team members while working on the production lines
- Displaying multilingual signage to share key COVID-19 messages
- Adding Plexiglas dividers to all lunch tables
- Installing more hand sanitizing stations and additional boot foam sanitizers at entrances
- Hiring staff to oversee the continuous sanitation of the facility
- Creating a task force to oversee noncompliance and a management task force to daily monitors compliance
- Decontaminating the office area, maintenance shop, USDA areas, cafeteria, and locker rooms on a weekly basis
Company-wide more than 1,000 actions have been taken to combat the entry and spread of coronavirus in all JBS facilities.
“Our team members have always been essential, and we are humbled to serve alongside them. We are also proud members of the Lenoir community — this is our home and we want everyone here to be safe and healthy. We will continue our coordination and collaboration with federal, state, and local officials, and we’ll get through this together,” said JBS Lenoir Director of Human Resources Eric McIntire.
For local information about Coronavirus, visit www.caldwellcountync.org/coronavirus-covid-19 or call the Caldwell County Health Department Health Information Line at 828-426-8456 or the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 828-426-8605. Resources are available in Spanish at www.caldwellcountync.org/coronavirus-covid-19/enfermedades-coronavirus-2019-respuesta-covid-19.