The JBS Meat Packing Plant in Worthington was shut down Monday after an outbreak of COVID-19 among plant workers. Minnesota Commissioner of Labor and Industry Nancy Leppink says her department along with the Department of Health and the Department of Agriculture, has developed new guidelines for meatpacking plants dealing with coronavirus.

“We will be sending out guidelines to all facilities in the state to help them comply with CDC guidelines and to voluntarily share with us the health status of their employees,” said Leppink.

Leppink says the state recognizes the importance of the meatpacking industry and needs to see it continue without interruption

“Our objective is to keep these plants open,” said Leppink. “But the workers need to be safe. To do so, there needs to be a collaboration between health, agriculture, and labor to thread that needle.”

Company officials say the plant will be closed indefinitely.