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A Marshalltown man who worked at the JBS meatpacking plant died from COVID-19 last week. His family spoke to KCCI’s Beau Bowman and said they blame the employer. “I was mad,” said Maria Andrade, Jose Andrade-Garcia’s daughter. “I was. I had a lot of anger toward (JBS).” Andrade-Garcia was one week away from retiring from his job at the JBS meatpacking plant in Marshalltown, until he tested positive for the coronavirus. Soon after, he died on a ventilator. Now, his family blames JBS for not enforcing social distancing protocols soon enough. “It would have been nice to see them care more for their employees,” said Maria Andrade. In a press release sent on May 13, JBS said it was screening for symptoms, physically distancing workers from one another, and making personal protective equipment available to employees. The League of United Latin American Citizens is asking for mandatory weekly testing at all meatpacking facilities. Andrade-Garcia’s family echoes LULAC’s demands and said it’s a matter of life and death. “I think that would have saved my dad’s life,” said Maria Andrade. JBS’s mitigation efforts were put into place after nearly 300 employees tested positive for the virus at its Colorado plant. JBS also said it’s deeply saddened by the loss of Andrade-Garcia, adding he was a committed team member and a friend to many. The company said it plans to continue to offer support to his family.

A Marshalltown man who worked at the JBS meatpacking plant died from COVID-19 last week. His family spoke to KCCI’s Beau Bowman and said they blame the employer.

“I was mad,” said Maria Andrade, Jose Andrade-Garcia’s daughter. “I was. I had a lot of anger toward (JBS).”

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Andrade-Garcia was one week away from retiring from his job at the JBS meatpacking plant in Marshalltown, until he tested positive for the coronavirus. Soon after, he died on a ventilator.

Now, his family blames JBS for not enforcing social distancing protocols soon enough.

“It would have been nice to see them care more for their employees,” said Maria Andrade.

In a press release sent on May 13, JBS said it was screening for symptoms, physically distancing workers from one another, and making personal protective equipment available to employees.

The League of United Latin American Citizens is asking for mandatory weekly testing at all meatpacking facilities. Andrade-Garcia’s family echoes LULAC’s demands and said it’s a matter of life and death.

“I think that would have saved my dad’s life,” said Maria Andrade.

JBS’s mitigation efforts were put into place after nearly 300 employees tested positive for the virus at its Colorado plant. JBS also said it’s deeply saddened by the loss of Andrade-Garcia, adding he was a committed team member and a friend to many. The company said it plans to continue to offer support to his family.

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