Coronavirus Coverage

The outbreak at the Smithfield Foods meat plant in South Dakota has been linked to more than half of the state’s coronavirus cases, health officials say.

At least 438 workers at the Sioux Falls-based plant have tested positive for COVID-19, along with another 107 people who’d come into contact with them, according to South Dakota health officials.

Those 545 cases account for approximately 55 percent of the state’s confirmed cases, data reveals.

As of Wednesday, South Dakota was reporting a total of 988 confirmed cases. Of those, 768 are in Minnehaha County — where the Smithfield Foods plant is located.

The plant has since shut down.