Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced today two new coronavirus outbreaks in the state.
Reynolds said the state is now aware of an outbreak of Covid-19 at Bishop Drum Retirement Center, a long-term care facility in Polk County, and at Iowa Premium National Beef, a beef processing facility in Tama County.
Iowa Department of Public Health Deputy Director Sarah Reisetter said that the state health department was "working closely with officials" from two meat packing facilities to control outbreaks
Iowa has struggled with outbreaks at meat processing facilities.
In addition to today's new outbreak at Iowa Premium National Beef, the Tyson plant in Columbus Junction, Iowa, has been shut down and two employees who worked at there died due to Covid-19, the company said.
Reynolds announced last week that 2,700 tests were being sent to the Tyson plant in Waterloo, Iowa. The governor has drawn criticism from local officials for not ordering the closing of the Tyson plant in Waterloo.