At least 1,031 of the roughly 2,800 employees at the Tyson Fresh Meats plant in Waterloo, Iowa, have tested positive for Covid-19, according to Black Hawk County health officials.
The numbers were released during a press conference on Thursday –– the same day the plant reopened.
The number of positive cases is more than twice the 444 cases that Gov. Kim Reynolds had reported on Wednesday.
Black Hawk County health department said the disparity was due to the fact the state’s numbers only included positive cases from the on-site testing at the Waterloo plant. The county numbers included employees who tested positive through local health providers and serology tests that showed Covid-19 antibodies in the workers.
Some context: Black Hawk County has 1,703 total reported cases and 21 deaths through Thursday at 12:30pm.
Tyson officials also spoke at Thursday’s news briefing, going over the safety modifications, new testing procedures and reopening plan.
Slaughter resumed at the plant yesterday, processing comes back today.
The positive tests were first reported in the Des Moines Register.