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What Should Idaho Businesses Do When Workers Test Positive For The Coronavirus?

Idaho Statesman via Crush the Curve

Two weeks ago, the Fry Foods processing plant in Weiser shut down after employees started testing positive for COVID-19. 

The company Fry Foods makes products like onion rings and mozzarella sticks and the majority of its employees are Latino. 

It has a second plant in Ontario, Oregon. 

Once the company started seeing positive cases of COVID-19 at its Weiser plant, it had a dilemma. Should it stay open? Should every worker get tested? Who pays for those tests? Turns out, the answers to those questions, from the state and various health departments, were not clear. 


Idaho Statesman reporters Audrey Dutton and Nicole Foy have been following this story and join us now on Idaho Matters

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Gemma is the host of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show which broadcasts live Monday-Friday at noon. She is an award-winning journalist and has spent the majority of her broadcasting career in Idaho. Gemma was a television news anchor and reporter in Boise for close to 15 years. She came to Boise in 1999 to start Fox 12.
Samantha Wright is a news reporter and producer for Idaho Matters.