DES MOINES, Iowa (KMTV) — On Thursday, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and other officials held a coronavirus press briefing.
The state of Iowa is reporting 14 additional deaths and nearly 700 new coronavirus cases.
Tyson Foods, which has several meat processing plants across Iowa, is going back to its old attendance policy which punishes workers for missing shifts. Under the policy, workers can get punished and even fired if they miss a certain number of shifts. Tyson will still excuse absences by employees who have tested positive for coronavirus or have symptoms of COVID-19.
On Tuesday, we learned Tyson was dealing two additional outbreaks in the state, including one in Pottawattamie County. According to the company's press release, 224 of their nearly 1,500 employees tested positive. The company said more than half of those employees did not show symptoms.
A reporter asked the governor what she thought of Tyson’s change in policy and Reynolds said she was not going to second guess business decisions but that the state would continue to support employers by helping with testing and mitigation guidance.
3 News Now This Morning Anchor Courtney Johns provided live updates via Twitter:
Gov. Reynolds will start her press conference at 11 a.m. Does anyone have any questions you want me to ask? https://t.co/edEzvbIIZj— Courtney Johns (@CourtneyJohnsTV) June 4, 2020
Gov. Reynolds says TestIowa is now generating more tests than any other testing site in the state of Iowa. #coronvirus— Courtney Johns (@CourtneyJohnsTV) June 4, 2020
Gov. Reynolds says the goal is for TestIowa to have a capacity of 3,000, but it is not a promise or guarantee.— Courtney Johns (@CourtneyJohnsTV) June 4, 2020
The highest day TestIowa has had so far is 2,356 tests. https://t.co/s5VNMGm9Nc— Courtney Johns (@CourtneyJohnsTV) June 4, 2020
Gov. Reynolds says the state is developing guidance to long-term care facilities including when Iowa families can anticipate changes in visitation to these facilities. #coronavirus— Courtney Johns (@CourtneyJohnsTV) June 4, 2020