Three in our family are positive for COVID
We are doing well
On April 24 I was scheduled to have a medical procedure done on my eyes. I called the clinic several days in advance to make sure that the appointment would go forward as planned and they assured me that everything was still going to happen. When I showed up for my appointment, they had standard COVID related questions that they asked me. Based on one of my answers they said that I would need to have a COVID test in advance of the procedure, and sent me home.
Later that day, I went to have my COVID test done. The test was a bit uncomfortable, but not painful. They stuck a swab up one of my nostrils, way up there! It only took a few seconds, though, and they told me that I would be hearing from them within 2 days with my test results. If I was negative I could go back to the eye clinic to have the needed procedure completed.
On April 26 my phone rang, I answered and it was the Indiana Department of Health.
I got my COVID test results
Turns out, I was positive with the virus. I was asymptomatic. I did not feel sick at all, but my test showed that I was infected with the virus. I really felt fine, but had the virus. I was very surprised by the results.
How did I get the virus?
Well, you can never be 100% certain how you got a virus, but I have a pretty good feeling of how I got it.
In Indiana, we have been under quarantine since around the beginning of April, perhaps a little earlier than that, I have forgotten. I was, though, still able to go out to some extent. All of the other members of my household (wife Feyma and two of our sons, Chris and Jared) work for Tyson foods and are considered essential employees.
Tyson is one of the big boys in the food supply chain, and it is their work that helps feed the country, so that is essential. Because our other household members are essential employees, we have a pass so that they can go to and from work, and I provide their transportation, so I could legally do that in order to help keep the nation supplied with meat.
Additionally, I take care of most of our grocery shopping, which usually means going to Walmart. We live in a small town, Logansport, Indiana, and Walmart is one of only a few grocery stores. So a couple of times per week I would go to Walmart to stock up on necessary groceries.
Whenever I was out in public, I did my best to follow the social distancing guidelines. At Walmart, I would always try to stay 6 feet away from other shoppers, but sometimes others would not follow the guidelines and come in very close contact with me. I always use the self-checkout at Walmart (I know, a lot of you don’t like the self-checkout, but that is a discussion for another day) so I never have contact with cashiers or anything. I pay with a credit card, so I am not handling cash (which carried germs).
Basically, I took every precaution to make sure I was avoiding the virus.
But, there is one thing that probably delivered the virus to my body.
Close contact at Tyson
As I noted, my wife and two of our kids work for Tyson Foods. In mid-April, there was a lot of talk around the community that Tyson was having COVID cases. But, it was kept fairly quiet. I knew that a lot of people were absent from work, but there really was no confirmation.
Around April 22, my wife and kids got text messages from Tyson saying that the Tyson facility would be shut down for 2 weeks for cleaning and disinfecting. They also got a text message that each of them should report at work on April 23rd for COVID testing. When they had their COVID test done they were told that the results would be provided to them in 3 to 5 days. I had my COVID test (through the local hospital, not from Tyson) the next day, April 24. I got my results on April 26, and the rest of my family got results a couple of days after I got mine.
You already know that I was positive. The first Tyson result that came to my family was for our eldest son, Chris, and he was positive. We basically came to the conclusion that all 4 of us would be positive, and we were taking measures to social distance (to an extreme extent) within the household. Over the next couple of days results came in for Feyma and Jared. Feyma came out negative, which was really a surprise to us. Jared was positive, though, so 3 of us in the household are positive, and one is negative.
General Tyson results
It has come out in the media that Tyson, with about 2200 employees in the local facility, had about 900 positives from their testing. Until the Tyson results came in there were only a handful of positive COVID tests in our community. But, after the Tyson results came in, and more positive results from elsewhere around the community, our county had suddenly become one of the COVID hotspots in the USA.
At Tyson, they work in extremely close contact to process the meat. Tyson did take precautions to help employees avoid the virus, but apparently those precautions were not enough. The did distance employees in areas where that was possible, they also took steps to shield workers in the lunchroom and provided additional break room area to allow for distancing.
Defense Procurement Act
During the past week, President Trump ordered Tyson and other meat processing facilities around the USA to remain open and keep providing food for the nation. So, Tyson will be reopening this week, but it is my understanding that they have taken measures to thoroughly disinfect the facility in preparation for workers to return safely.
I must say that Tyson has really gone out of their way to treat their employees right. For one thing, employees have continued to receive their pay even while the plant has been shutdown. Over the past month or so, Tyson has even provided its employees with free meat and other benefits too. Most Tyson employees that I talk to have been very appreciative of how they have been treated by their employer.
So, did I get COVID from Tyson?
I can’t say for sure, but it is certainly a possibility. As I noted earlier in this article, I had contact at Walmart or other grocery stores in the area. But, with Tyson being a hotspot for COVID in our county, it is pretty likely that somebody in my family brought the virus home with them at some point and that is how I got it.
I don’t blame Tyson, I feel that Tyson has been very fair to their employees and families of their employees. We are grateful for the opportunity that Tyson has provided to us.
How am I feeling?
Frankly, I feel pretty good. I am more or less asymptomatic.
- I have no fever
- I am not coughing
- I have no respiratory problems
- I don’t feel sick
Symptoms that I do have:
- I get tired several times per day and usually need to take 2 naps each day
- I have lost my sense of smell
- I have some minor joint pain
- From time to time I feel a bit light-headed or dizzy
Other than those things, I feel great.
In fact, of those minor symptoms that I have experienced, they are mostly gone now, so I think that I am nearly recovered from the virus.
At the time I am writing this article, I have had my results and have been doing strict quarantine for 9 days. At the time I was given my results I was told that I should quarantine for 14 days, and at that time if I have been asymptomatic for at least 7 days then I should consider myself virus free. I asked if I would be tested again after I am completely asymptomatic, but they told me that they are not re-testing at this time. That surprised me. I would not be surprised if they reconsider and do follow-up tests on people who previously tested positive.
So, now you know where I stand in terms of the virus. My family is also doing fairly well. Feyma remains seeminly healthy (no symptoms at all, doesn’t feel sick), Chris seems to have recovered already (no symptoms anymore, and feels healthy), and Jared has been asymptomatic until the past few days, but is now showing some symptoms but nothing very bad.
Hopefully, my family, our country, and the rest of the world can put COVID behind us soon!
Take care of yourself. I hope you and your family get well soon.
Thank you, Jack!
Lately, i have dizzy spells. Whoa!!!! Now i am scared
Take care of yourself, Vi!
Good think you have your diabetes/blood sugar under control these days. The virus can be dangerous for diabetics.
Yes, glad I took care of that a couple of years back.
Yes, that is very true.
I’m glad you are better now. Please take care
Thank you, Aileen! I am not fully recovered, but on the way there.
Hi Bob!! Continue staying as well as you are able!! I imagine that you will have a follow up test prior to your eye procedure. You and your family are in my thoughts@
Thank you, Kate. So far they are telling me that they are not doing follow up tests, but I feel that will change! You take care, and stay healthy!
Praying for your complete recovery so as with your two sons..extend my regards to maam feyma too…
Thank you Annalou! Nice to hear from you. Don’t worry, we are doing pretty well, the virus has not affected us much at all. I hope you are also doing fine!
Bob, my 39 year old son came back from a business meeting in London. Got back on a Tuesday and on Thursday was in his office…slight sore throat and a bit off. He quietly went to the hospital for testing . They said it’s Thursday, because of the weekend we will call you with the results. Saturday morning they rand and said, Go to the hospital immediately, no where else, straight to the hospital. They met him outside the Emergency Room, took him around to a side door and straight into an isolated elevator to the isolation ward. Funnily enough, Tom Hanks and his wife were in the rooms next to him… he didn’t know that. He was in very strict isolation, only a couple if nurses and a doctor camein for the first 5 days and They were “completely” enclosed in protective gear. They kept him 9 days and then sent him home to self isolation for 14 days. His wife and family were negative and he’s now clear and healthy. Fit, strong, martial arts healthy and very lucky. He went to the hospital early on the Saturday, he was the first of 8 people admitted that day. He said his care was outstanding and that now he feels fine. I am sending healing Blessings to you and your family and your community. It Will be a battle to get them all back to normal health.
God Bless Mate
Hi Bob, I hope you are doing well!
I have had a few days off and on with sore throat too. Here, though, if you don’t have serious symptoms you are not to go to the hospital. They prefer that you self-quarantine.
Interesting that your son was neighbors with Tom Hanks! That will be a good story for him to tell to his kids/grandkids someday.
You stay safe, and cautious of the virus! Take care.
David A Hooyer
I think the probability of it coming through your family from the Tyson source is the most likely. I like hearing how low impact your family symptoms have been. My opinion is that there are a LOT of others out there that have gone through similar situations with little or no knowledge of it. I also believe you and those people in similar situations are a part of the “normal” cycle of the virus. Stay safe and continue to get better.
Hi David, I agree. I think that a large portion of the population has or has had the virus, but they just don’t know! We had no idea we were positive.
You stay safe too!
Glad you guys are all doing better. Walmart has treated the workers good. They receive bonuses and get full pay if they are out sick. Tyson and Walmart are really good employers, even though Walmart has been given a bad rap over the years. They should be an example for other employers.
Hi Randy, yes, we are doing well. I hope that you guys are as well. I agree with you that companies like Wal-Mart get a bad rap. I know that in our local Walmart they employ a lot of people, and from what the employees of told me, they’re treated very well by the company. You guys stay safe.
Take care Bob! All my best and love to Feyma and your sons! Stay healthy!
Thanks, Orman. You take care too!
Good luck to you and family Bob. This virus can be nasty stuff. I also go to Walmart for many food items and have been wearing a mask and disposable nytrile gloves each time I go in there or anywhere else for that matter. I could see the shortages of masks etc before they started to happen so I feel i have a good supply before price gouging took over.
I am glad I retired form 20 years with the Postal Service last year. Other than going out for groceries and a very occasional take out from the local diner or pizza place ( take outs only for now ) I just stay in the house hiding from the Corona Virus. So far So Good.
Last year I was planning on going to Iligan City, Philippines in April this year but I have put that off probably til next year. Next time will be the first time I will be flying the Non-Stop New York to Manila flight on Phil Air. I want to try Premium Economy class even if only once to see how I like it, cost is $2100 which is twice that of coach but I want to give it a try anyway.
Hi Bob – Thank you for your good wishes. I am doing fine, as are all of us here! We have a few masks on hand, lots of hand sanitizer and everything else we need!
Stay safe, my friend!