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Three more positive cases of COVID-19 were confirmed among Burgers' Smokehouse employees Thursday, bringing the total number of cases among workers at the California plant to six.

Burgers' Smokehouse employs more than 300 people at its California plant location.

The company stated in a news release Wednesday that normal production at the plant was suspended to conduct an internal investigation and prepare for a return to work April 20.

"As the situation continues to evolve, we are working closely with the Moniteau County Health Center to assist with their ongoing investigation," Burgers' Smokehouse President Steven Burger said.

There is no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food, according to the CDC.

As of today, normal production at the plant is suspended, but it is operating on a limited basis that includes inbound and outbound shipments, according to information provided by a company spokesperson.

"Like the rest of the world, we are doing our best to understand and mitigate the risks associated with the virus that literally changes day to day," Burger said.

There have been 12 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Moniteau County as of Thursday afternoon, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

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