SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — It was a dramatic scene outside Washington High School Monday morning.
There are so many cars waiting for COVID-19 testing that the line is spilling out onto the street. A Union Representative says this is where Smithfield Foods workers and their families can get tested for COVID-19 for free. There are several tents and workers dressed in full protective gear. All of the testing is being done without people having to get out of their cars.
Smithfield welcomed back workers in two departments today, for the first time since a coronavirus outbreak. Thousands of Smithfield employees are still waiting to get back to work.
As the Smithfield Foods plant in Sioux Falls starts to reopen this week, Avera is providing more COVID-19 testing opportunities to employees and their families.
People need to contact Avera before attending the testing site, located at the Washington High School parking lot.
KELOLAND News spoke with B.J. Motley, president of the UFCW Local 304A, who represents Smithfield workers in Sioux Falls. He said Smithfield employees, people in their households and family will be able to get free COVID-19 testing at WHS starting Monday morning.
The testing will be available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Some Smithfield employees are returning back to work on Monday.