Workers who feed the U.S. fear their lives are being put at risk during coronavirus pandemic

An undated handout photo shows Annie Grant, front row center, during a family reunion. Grant, a Tyson worker, died on Thursday after spending more than a week on a ventilator. Some poultry plant employees are coming in sick, and Grant died after being ordered back to work. "Our work conditions are out of control," a longtime Tyson employee said. (Handout via The New York Times)

Annie Grant, 55, had been feverish for two nights. Worried about the coronavirus outbreak, her adult children had begged her to stay home rather than return to the frigid poultry plant in Georgia where she had been on the packing line for nearly 15 years. But on the third day she was ill, they got a text from their mother. "They told me I had to come back to work," it said.

Grant ended up returning home, and died in a hospital on Thursday morning after fighting for her life on a ventilator for more than a week. Two other workers at the Tyson Foods poultry plant where she worked in Camilla, Georgia, have also died in recent days.

"My mom said the guy at the plant said they had to work to feed America.