Coronavirus outbreaks at meat processing plants in eastern Iowa caused the number of confirmed infections in the state to soar this weekend, according to the state Department of Public Health.
Nearly half of the weekend's 570 new coronavirus cases were the result of targeted testing of Tyson Foods and National Beef facilities, where the virus can spread quickly among employees who work in close proximity. The outbreaks have been reported at plants in Columbus Junction, Tama and Waterloo.
On Saturday, Tyson Foods said there were multiple confirmed cases among workers at its plant in Perry but declined to say how many.
There were 11 additional deaths this weekend, which took the total to 75 in Iowa. There have been 2,902 confirmed cases.
The vast majority of the new cases continue to be confirmed in central and eastern Iowa. Carroll County has not had another confirmed case in weeks, and its northern neighbors still have yet to record their first.
However, in most of those counties less than 1 percent of the population has been tested.