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News 5.18.20: Child C-19 Condition, OSHA Delay at Tyson Plant and Internet Outage

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The Iowa Department of Public Health is confirming two children in eastern Iowa are sick with a condition related to COVID-19, known as multisystem inflammatory syndrome.

The Centers for Disease Control reports that the syndrome causes fever and inflammation that can require intensive care treatment. 

The state medical director says children and families should follow health guidelines.  These include frequent handwashing, social distancing and the use of cloth face covering if you are unable to maintain a distance of six feet.

The two children in eastern Iowa are currently in stable condition. 

National media reports show three children in New York have died from the illness.

State officials in Iowa also reported three more deaths from complications of COVID-19.  That brings the total to 355 people.

There was one more death in Woodbury County for a total of 18.  No deaths reported in Dakota County.  There are 10 deaths in Dakota County.  The two counties have a total of more than 3,800 positive cases with 700 more in Woodbury County.

MercyOne and UnityPoint Health-St. Luke's report they are caring for 93 COVID-19 patients.

The Associated Press reports regulators declined to inspect an Iowa pork plant after receiving a complaint alleging insufficient efforts were being made to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

A complaint back on April 11th to OSHA says employees at the Tyson Foods plant in Perry, Iowa, worked “elbow to elbow” and that social distancing was near impossible.

Records show Iowa OSHA waited nine days before contacting Tyson, which took eight days to respond.

A week later, the state announced 730 workers tested positive.

And, an outage was reported Monday for cable and internet service in Sioux City.  On a Facebook post for the company Sparklight the provider says a fiber line was cut causing the issue.