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Tyson Foods to Put Health Clinic Near Storm Lake Plant

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A website that has been analyzing Iowa coronavirus data from the start of the pandemic is now piecing together Iowa schools' reports.

On the site, Iowa COVID-19 Tracker, Sara Willette (will-ET) has posted numbers showing dozens of students testing positive and hundreds in quarantine.

The state does not collect those numbers, but Willette says people need to know how the virus is spreading in their communities.

 There will definitely be situations in which someone brings it to the school, transmits it to someone else, and then that person will take it home to their families or to their after school program.   

Willette is working with the Iowa State Education Association to verify coronavirus cases in schools.

She says she's noticed some rural schools in counties with low case numbers are reporting illnesses, which she says could be a sign of undetected community spread.

Every county in Iowa is now abnormally dry, or in a drought, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday. 

Parts of 40 Iowa counties were now in a severe drought, up from 34 one week ago, according to the USDA. According to the USDA, more than 82% of Iowa is in some form of drought. Land in an extreme drought more than doubled from 6.5% of Iowa last week to 14.65% this week. 

Storm Lake has been named one of the first locations for a pilot clinic designed to boost the overall health and wellness of Tyson Foods employees, according to the Sioux City Journal.

Tyson is partnering with Marathon Health and will pilot seven health clinics near company production facilities. The clinics will give Tyson employees and their families easier access to high-quality healthcare and, in most cases, at no cost.

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