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PUBLIC HEALTH

Pella employee in Carroll has coronavirus

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An employee of Pella Corporation in Carroll has been infected by the new coronavirus, company officials said today.

The window-and-door maker is one of the largest employers in town, with many of its employees working in close quarters. Pella was notified of the confirmed coronavirus case Tuesday.

"We're really focusedĀ on protecting the health and well-being of our team members," said Nicolle Picray, a spokeswoman for the company.

She said company officials are not aware of any other potential infections among other employees, and that people who work at the facility on the east side of Carroll are wearing masks and staying 6 feet apart.

Some manufacturing facilities in Iowa have suffered substantial virus outbreaks in recent weeks. Gov. Kim Reynolds announced on Tuesday that there were five such facilities that have had at least 10 percent of their workforce infected, including meatpacking plants in Perry, Columbus Junction and Tama and a wind turbine factory in Newton.

More than half of the workers at the Tyson plant in Perry have been infected.

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