Second Smithfield employee dies from COVID-19

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — There’s been a second death associated with the COVID-19 outbreak at the Smithfield Foods plant in Sioux Falls.

According to a obituary from George Boom Funeral Home, Craig Franken worked at the Smithfield meat packing plant and was exposed to COVID-19. He died from complications of the virus on Sunday, April 19, 2020.

Due to the pandemic, a celebration of his life is postponed until conditions are safe again, but the family is having a drive-by visitation. For Franken’s full obituary, click here.


The Smithfield plant has closed indefinitely due to the outbreak of the virus there. It is currently the #1 hotspot in the United States for COVID-19.


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