IOWA, USA — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds' daily press conference Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 11 a.m. on how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the state.
Reynolds confirmed 408 new cases of the coronavirus for a total of 10,111 positive cases across the state. The governor confirmed 19 additional deaths meaning 207 Iowans have died from the coronavirus.
The percentage of positive tests that came from the 22 counties with restrictions still in place dropped from 85% to "nearly 80%," the governor said.
Reynolds said 261 of the confirmed cases were from Polk and Woodberry counties. The governor said 1 in 52 Iowans have been tested which is less than 2% of the state.
The governor said she is traveling to Washington D.C. this week to talk with President Donald Trump on Iowa's response to the pandemic. Reynolds said she is traveling on a private plane paid by her campaign fund.
The governor also said she plans to make a decision this week on if campgrounds will be allowed to open.
A state official also says nearly 1,400 workers at three Tyson Foods pork processing plants in Iowa have tested positive for the coronavirus.
The Iowa Department of Public Health revealed Tuesday that the state’s largest outbreak to date has been at the Tyson plant in Perry, a town in central Iowa.
There, 730 workers were confirmed to have the virus, a stunning 58 percent of those tested. The Tyson plant in Waterloo has had 444 workers test positive, and its Columbus Junction plant has had 221 confirmed infections.
Two other large outbreaks were confirmed at a Tama beef plant and a Newton wind turbine blade plant.