Tyson Foods agreed to open a third-party health clinic near its chicken-processing plant in Wilkesboro. It will be the seventh such clinic affiliated with a Tyson plant that has suffered a major COVID-19 outbreak. Winoski, Vt.-based Marathon Health will provide primary and preventive care at the clinic. Meat-processing plant workers often stand shoulder-to-shoulder on assembly lines, creating a potential for spreading the virus.
NC IDEA has narrowed down to 23 semifinalists across the state for its latest round of $50,000 startup grants from 131 applications. The grants are designed to allow early-stage startups to grow and reduce risk of failure while supporting business activities that validate target markets. Winners of the grants will be announced mid-November.