Meatpacking plant employee dies from coronavirus a week before retirement

Meatpacking plant employee dies from coronavirus a week before retirement
FILE PHOTO: A JBS meatpacking plant employee in Iowa died from the coronavirus a week before he would have retired from the job. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa — An Iowa meatpacking plant employee died from the coronavirus a week before he would have retired from the job.

Jose Andrade-Garcia, who worked at a JBS meatpacking facility in Marshalltown, tested positive for the coronavirus and died on a ventilator, KCCI reported.

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"I was mad," his daughter, Maria Andrade, told KCCI. "I was. I had a lot of anger toward (JBS)."

The company started screening its employees, distanced workers and offered personal protective equipment after nearly 300 workers at its Colorado facility tested positive, KCCI reported.

JBS told KCCI that it will continue to support Andrade-Garcia’s family and that he was a “committed team member and a friend to many.”