Salisbury, MD -- As slaughterhouses and meat processing plants become national hotspots for the spread of COVID-19, Food & Water Action is calling on the Hogan administration to release data on the outbreak in Maryland’s poultry-populated Eastern Shore. Sources report that nearly 20 percent of Eastern Shore poultry plant workers tested for the virus were found to have it. According to state officials, 362 poultry plant workers or family members of workers have tested positive, but numbers have not been released by plant. Hogan’s administration has met calls to release more specific data with silence.
In response, Food & Water Action Maryland organizer Lily Hawkins issues the following statement:
“Hogan’s refusal to give the public access to information about the outbreak of COVID-19 at poultry plants on the Eastern Shore puts Maryland communities at risk and represents an absurd lack of transparency. We need specific information about outbreaks at the Perdue plant in Salisbury and Amick Farms in Hurlock, which the state has so far been unwilling to provide. This is a matter of life or death for thousands of poultry plant workers and their families.”