From Radio Iowa- A new “Test Iowa” site for drive-through COVID-19 tests will start operating Saturday in Storm Lake, which is home to two Tyson facilities. About 800 work at the turkey processing facility and 24-hundred work at the pork plant. When Tyson’s pork plants in Columbus Junction and Waterloo were temporarily closed this spring due to coronavirus outbreaks among workers, production was shifted to the plant in Storm Lake. In mid-April, Governor Kim Reynolds asked federal officials for more testing supplies so workers at all 18 meat packing and food processing plants in Iowa could be tested. Reynolds says the drive-through Test Iowa sites are being used in many of those locations.
The first “Test Iowa” site began operating April 25th in Des Moines and there are now six other “Test Iowa” sites running in the state.