The 669 workers with the virus make up more than 15% of the Dakota City workforce. Workers also account for more than 40 percent of the total of 1,526 cases combined in the counties of Dakota and Woodbury. The plant is located in Dakota, and the majority of workers live in the much more populated Woodbury, home to Sioux City.
The source who interviewed the Journal was unable to provide a breakdown of the number of cases in each county or how many other cases were signed to workers, such as family members and others with which they came into close contact with.
On Thursday, the Siouxland Health District reported an additional 102 cases in Woodbury County, bringing the total to 851. Dakota County, which represents one-fifth of the population of Woodbury, on Thursday recorded 74 new cases, bringing the Northeast Nebraska County total 778.
All Dakota County cases have been reported in the past three weeks, after the Nebraska National Guard installed a mobile test site at the Dakota fire station on April 14. Some Tyson workers were among those who qualified for the limited tests, which were also open to asymptomatic emergency personnel, first responders, and those with mild symptoms of COVID-19.
All but 21 of the 851 cases in Woodbury County have been reported since April 14. Last week, the surge hit the metropolitan area at the top of the list of US cities with the highest daily growth rate, with cases doubling every day.