An Iowa Public Health Department official says the state did not contribute data to a federal report on coronavirus cases at the state’s meatpacking plants.  The state says it did not have enough time to do so.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report this week that found 87 percent of workers who were infected at the plants were racial or ethnic minorities.

Iowa was one of six states that did not contribute data to the report.

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Lawmakers returned to the Iowa State Capitol Wednesday to finish work left when the coronavirus pandemic surfaced back in March. 

Their biggest business?  Tackling the budget in this time of economic uncertainty.

Temperatures will be checked at the door and masks will be provided. Meeting rules have been established to allow lawmakers to be at least 6 feet apart. Committee meetings and floor debates will be streamed on the internet.

There is a surge of new cases of COVID-19 in Dakota County.  The health department reported 361 new cases for a total of more than 1,400.  This number comes after the testing of all employees at the Tyson plant in Dakota City.  There have been seven deaths total for a dozen in the Sioux City metro area. 

From now on, the Dakota County Health Department plans to just release updates on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons.

Iowa reported another dozen deaths from COVID-19 on Friday for a total of 243. 

The Tyson beef plant in Dakota City will not open like expected on Tuesday.

A spokesperson sent Siouxland Public Media News a statement this afternoon it says,

"The health and safety of our team members is our top priority, and we take this responsibility extremely seriously. We continue to work through processing the large amount of testing data for our 4,300 team members, and therefore have decided to temporarily delay the reopening of our Dakota City facility.

Iowa reported the deadliest day due to COVID-19 with a dozen deaths for a total of almost 150.

“We know COVID-19 poses the most risk to people who are older and those with underlying heath conditions.  The vast majority of deaths are with that vulnerable population,” said Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds says she plans to take extra action to deal with a surge of cases in Woodbury County.

There are a total of almost 750. That’s more than 10% of cases in the state.


The Iowa Department of Public Health reporting two more people have died from complications of COVID-19.  There are 118 additional cases, including three extra in Woodbury County for a total of 15 positive cases.

The statewide total of positive cases is 1,388.

Several staff members from the Sioux City Police Department did test positive for the virus.  However, the PD isn’t releasing any more details.

A spokesperson says officers will still provide essential services and take precautions to prevent the spread of disease.

 Health care providers are likely going to tell patients who are displaying mild symptoms of COVID-19 that they don't need to be tested for the virus, Siouxland District Health Department Deputy Director Tyler Brock said Wednesday morning during a news conference at the Security Institute on Western Iowa Tech Community College's campus.

According to Brock, testing for the novel coronavirus has been and is being performed in Woodbury County. So far, there have been no cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the county.

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Siouxland District Health says so far there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Woodbury County.

This morning, officials with the public health entity, held a news conference to talk about the limited number of tests available for potential patients. Deputy director Tyler Brock explains.

“The focus is getting people tested who need it the most.  O.K.   Folks with mild system are going to be told they don’t need to be tested, ok?”