The Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined meatpacking giant Smithfield Foods $13,494 for failing to protect workers from the coronavirus at its plant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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More than 1,000 workers at the plant tested positive for the virus, and four of them died. During the early days of the pandemic, the plant became a symbol of the hazards faced by front-line essential workers who clock in to put food on the tables of homebound Americans.

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