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Wright County Officials Release Results OF Covid-19 Testing

Officials in Wright County released a statement Thursday Afternoon regarding the covid-19 test results from employees at Prestage Foods Near Eagle Grove. That statement is below.

On Monday, April 20th ,  Wright County Public Health  with the assistance of Iowa
Specialty Hospitals in Clarion and Belmond started testing the remaining employees at the
Prestage Foods processing plant near Eagle Grove.  The final test results from the state hygienic lab breaks
down as follows;
867 Total Tested
842 Total Negative
25 Total Positive
Prestage is located in Wright County but is a regional employer. The breakdown of the positives
by county for test given are as follows.
1 Wright County
3 Hamilton County
1 Webster County
2 Humboldt County
18 Black Hawk County
Wright County Board Of Supervisors Member Karl Helgevold said “This had the potential to be so much more of a negative effect to our region, if not for the
proactiveness of Prestage. Their willingness to come forward with a concern that a small group
of employees were commuting from Blackhawk County shows the character of this family
owned company. The teamwork started with the swift response of Governor Reynolds on our
request for the COVID-19 tests, the professionalism of our Public Health Department and Iowa
Specialty Hospitals experienced and capable staff working together is such a valuable asset to
our county” Wright County Epidemiologist Sandy Mcgrath said
“This situation was not the result of an outbreak, but surveillance of potential COVID-19
activities in our area. We need to keep
in mind that all of the individuals tested were asymptomatic (none showed any signs). It is
imperative to keep up good practices of social distancing, hand washing,  and wearing face coverings”

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