(Fremont, NE – May 26, 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 logged an additional 19 cases of COVID-19 over the past week, which brings the company total to 73 cases. As of today the company has also registered 103 negative cases among employees.
“As the virus continues to be prevalent in our communities, we know we will continue to have cases each week.” said Kolterman, “We continue to keep the curve flat within our facilities and have seen 50 team members return to work. That’s encouraging for all of us.”
Lincoln Premium Poultry has continued to support the community during this time. “We are very proud of our team and the work they continue to do to provide food for our friends and neighbors. As a company we have continually provided food to our local food banks in addition to directly providing chicken to team members.” 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 will run through the end of June, and are regularly providing chicken for their team members. This virus is not foodborne and cannot be transmitted through food or potable water.
“While we add a few cases each day, we have also been fortunate in that each day we also have had team members fully recover and return to work,” said Kolterman, “and we will continue to be vigilant in our efforts to protect our team members until the threat of the virus has passed.”
Lincoln Premium Poultry was founded in 2016 in Fremont, Nebraska and began operations on September 9, 2019.