The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Illinois Factories:
The Leading Source of COVID-19 Outbreaks

Nov 9, 2020

While the second wave of COVID-19 hammers Illinois, Governor Pritzker announced that factories are the single largest source of outbreaks in the state.

Since July 1, the state’s contact tracers have identified at least 52 outbreaks of five or more confirmed COVID-19 cases at factories, far more than any other type of place, including restaurants, bars, churches, colleges, or even correctional facilities.

But does the state propose to mandate real safety precautions at factories? Does it propose to enforce masking, social distancing, regular testing, or any other measures? Of course not.

The state may shut down bars and restaurants. It may close schools. But touching the centers where the capitalist class makes the bulk of its profits? Not in this society!