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Claire Perlman

Claire Perlman

Claire Perlman is a research reporter for ProPublica's Local Reporting Network. Before becoming a journalist, she was a senior investigator at the Mintz Group, a private investigations firm.

Emails reveal chaos as meatpacking companies fought health agencies over COVID-19 outbreaks in their plants

By: , and - June 22, 2020

For weeks, Rachel Willard, the county health director in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, had watched with alarm as COVID-19 cases rolled in from the Tyson Foods chicken plant in the center of town. Then Tyson hired a private company to take over testing, and the information suddenly slowed to a trickle. Blinded to the burgeoning health […]