Meatpacking plant employee dies from coronavirus a week before retirement

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — An Iowa meatpacking plant employee died from the coronavirus a week before he would have retired from the job.

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Jose Andrade-Garcia, who worked at a JBS meatpacking facility in Marshalltown, tested positive for the coronavirus and died on a ventilator, KCCI reported.

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"I was mad," his daughter, Maria Andrade, told KCCI. "I was. I had a lot of anger toward (JBS)."

The company started screening its employees, distanced workers and offered personal protective equipment after nearly 300 workers at its Colorado facility tested positive, KCCI reported.

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JBS told KCCI that it will continue to support Andrade-Garcia’s family and that he was a “committed team member and a friend to many.”