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Hundreds Infected In Coronavirus Outbreak At Dole Salad Plant

An image of a pre-packaged Dole salad, from Dole's website.
An image of a pre-packaged Dole salad, from Dole's website.

A significant outbreak of coronavirus is underway at a Dole prepackaged salad plant in Springfield, Ohio. Health authorities first reported an outbreak at the plant back in May.

This past Saturday, officials conducted a mass testing event at the plant, taking over 800 samples. The Clark County Combined Health District says about 220 of those test results have come back positive.

During a press conference on Wednesday, Gov. Mike DeWine said the state has started to step in to help.

“In Clark County, we’re helping with the tracing," he said. "We are also helping with interpreters to be able to talk with individuals who have come down with the virus.”

Health officials tell WYSO about half of the employees at the Springfield plant speak Spanish as their primary language. And another 25 percent of plant employees speak Haitian Creole as their first language. That’s made communication difficult.