(Fremont, NE – May 19, 2020) – Lincoln Premium Poultry provided an update today to the community on recent cases at their facility. Since reporting to the public one week ago, Lincoln Premium Poultry reported an additional 14 cases of COVID-19 over the past week, which brings the company total to 54 cases. As of today the company has also registered 90 negative cases among employees.
“We have mapped the growth curve within our company and can show that we are flattening the curve.” said Kolterman, “We are excited to share that 29 team members have returned to work and are helping us make food for the country.”
Lincoln Premium Poultry has provided the opportunity for individuals over 65 to self-isolate at home, with pay. “We will continue to do everything we can to support our team members during this time and will be handing out chicken for them to enjoy with their families this holiday weekend.” said Kolterman.
Lincoln Premium Poultry has implemented additional protection measures recommended by UNMC, including additional screening, strict mandatory use of masks, and additional deep cleaning. The company had previously limited visitors to the facility, stopped food service and installed dividers on tables, provided further space between workers, implemented nightly intense cleaning interventions, is taking the temperature of all entering their facilities and had provided masks to their workforce. They have also provided a $2/hour increase to all hourly workers, which began in March, and are regularly providing chicken for their team members. This virus is not foodborne and cannot be transmitted through food or potable water.
“We will continue to have team members tested who show symptoms or who have been directly exposed,” said Kolterman, “and as we continue testing, our total will grow. That being said, we are comfortable with the measured growth and will keep working to keep the curve flat.”
Lincoln Premium Poultry was founded in 2016 in Fremont, Nebraska and began operations on September 9, 2019.