A total of 644 cases of Covid-19 are related to a Smithfield Foods plant, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem acknowledged at a public broadcasting town hall on Wednesday.
Noem echoed state public health officials, acknowledging that 518 employees of the plant are confirmed to have Covid-19, while an additional 126 people have been identified as cases stemming from close contact with employees.
At a news conference earlier in the day, Noem said she is "working on a plan to safely reopen the plant and get it back online.”
The state has reported at least 1,168 confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins University.