Georgia millworkers rally for more jobs, health coverage as COVID-19 cases soar

A Georgia millworker group on Tuesday rallied for more paychecks and more safety precautions as more people are infected with the coronavirus.

More than 200 workers from three mills in Boone County were arrested Monday and charged with conspiring to smuggle the coronovirus into the state.

The Boone County Sheriff’s Office said the group was caught at a Georgia mill when an employee who was infected by the virus went to work.

The group said in a statement Tuesday that they will continue to work to get our communities back on track.

A total of 16,818 people have died from the coronas, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Georgia’s state legislature voted Tuesday to require health care workers to wear masks and carry protective equipment while working in the state, and the state Department of Public Health said it is currently reviewing all coronaviruses in Georgia.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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