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Chief medical officers in high demand amid pandemic, range of sectors seeking health expertise: report
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Companies are looking to bring on chief medical officers as they seek guidance in the return to work, according to a new report.
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Amid the coronavirus pandemic, businesses in a range of industries have hired new CMOs, including Tyson Foods Inc. and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported.
While the food processing company and the cruise line seem drastically different at first, they both depend on many employees working in close contact for prolonged periods, the outlet explained.
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Over the first few months of the pandemic, Tyson Foods facilities across the country were forced to temporarily shutter following outbreaks of COVID-19, or staffing shortages caused by the pandemic. For instance, by May 1, almost 900 workers at a Tyson Foods plant in Indiana tested positive for the virus. By May 4, there were nearly 300 cases of COVID-19 at another Tyson Foods plant in Tennessee.
Officials at Tyson have said that nearly a third of its workforce has been tested, with plans to test thousands of workers weekly across all facilities. Less than 1% of Tyson Foods' U.S. workforce of 120,000 team members has active COVID-19, according to a statement.