More than 1,600 COVID cases tied to Iowa meat plants

DES MOINES, Iowa- New numbers released by the Iowa Department of Public Health show the impact COVID-19 has had on meat packing facilities in Iowa, and other large businesses. Health officials say several plants have recorded an absenteeism rate of 10-percent or higher due to the virus, prompting targeted testing efforts.

Tyson-Columbus Junction: 221 cases

Tyson-Waterloo: 444 cases

Tyson-Perry: 730 cases

Iowa Premium Beef-Tama: 248 cases

TPI Composites-Newton: 131 cases

State health say an increase in positive cases among those between 18-40 is likely due to targeted testing efforts in large businesses, meat packing plants, long term care facilities, and among family identified through contact tracing efforts. Deputy Medical Director Sarah Reisetter says in many instances they are finding positive cases, among those who have been exposed to COVID-19 but are not showing symptoms.

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