A Washington, D.C. -based group is calling for Gov. John Carney to “close all slaughterhouses” (chicken processing plants) in Delaware.
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine sent letters to Carney and the state’s other 49 governors calling for the closings.
The group, advocates plant-based diets and sees meat as the source of many health problems, plans to hold a rally on Friday in Dover.
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine cited figures from the Food and Environment Reporting Network, which says at least 15,525 workers have tested positive for COVID-19 with 60 workers dying from the virus.
The group claimed that more than half of the 300 workers tested in just one Sussex County plant were found to be positive for the virus. Sussex County has about 3,000 coronavirus cases. The State of Delaware has not released any figures regarding the number of poultry plant workers testing positive.
Food processing plants have been declared essential businesses under emergency orders issued by Carney. President Trump went on to sign an executive action that ordered meatpacking plants to stay open.