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Oil Refineries in Covid Hotspot of Texas Grapple With Outbreaks

  • Second-largest U.S. plant doing turnaround amid virus spike
  • Marathon Galveston Bay has more than 100 confirmed cases
AUSTIN, TX - JULY 07: A man gets tested for coronavirus at a COVID19 testing center on July 7, 2020 in Austin, Texas. Patients have their temperature and pulse checked before being swabbed. Along with Florida and Arizona, coronavirus cases in Texas have spiked recently. (Photo by Sergio Flores/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - JULY 07: A man gets tested for coronavirus at a COVID19 testing center on July 7, 2020 in Austin, Texas. Patients have their temperature and pulse checked before being swabbed. Along with Florida and Arizona, coronavirus cases in Texas have spiked recently. (Photo by Sergio Flores/Getty Images)Photographer: Sergio Flores/Getty Images North America
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Oil refineries aren’t being spared as Covid-19 sweeps through Texas, which is setting records for new infections and hospitalizations in the U.S. almost daily.

The second-biggest U.S. refinery, Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s Galveston Bay plant in Texas City, has well over 100 confirmed cases of the virus, people familiar with operations said. At least four other refineries also have workers who’ve tested positive.