Dozens of students in Iowa schools were quarantined after both staff and students tested positive for the coronavirus. Virus cases surged Thursday by more than 1,300 across the state in the last 24 hours. Superintendent for the Hartwick-Ladora-Victor Community School District says kindergarten through sixth grade students are in quarantined after a staff member tested positive Tuesday. High school students in North Scott switched to online instruction since Friday after nearly a quarter of students were absent. The Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll published Thursday indicated a significant drop in Iowa’s approval of Gov. Kim Reynolds’ virus response.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa regulators have issued their first citation to a meatpacking plant with a large coronavirus outbreak that sickened its workforce. The $957 fine was for a minor record-keeping violation. Inspection records show the outbreak at the Iowa Premium Beef Plant in Tama in April resulted in 338 of the plant’s 850 workers testing positive for the virus. That’s 80 more than the state previously acknowledged. The plant is owned by Kansas City-based National Beef. The Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration said on June 1 that it had launched inspections at the Tama plant and four other meatpacking plants where thousands of workers had tested positive.
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A Nebraska man has been arrested in Missouri for his alleged role in an assault on an Iowa police officer in which the officer fired his gun. Council Bluffs police said Thursday in a news release that 29-year-old Ian James Lybarger, of Omaha, Nebraska, was arrested Wednesday night following a police chase that began in Red Oak, Iowa, and ended in northwestern Missouri. Police say Lybarger dragged a Council Bluffs police officer last week for several feet in a parking lot as the officer tried to remove him from his car. During the struggle, Officer John Kuebler fired his service weapon, but didn’t hit anyone. Lybarger is being held in the in Rock Port, Missouri, jail.
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A Fort Dodge man has been charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting last weekend of a woman there. The Messenger reports that 18-year-old Denharrio Lewil appeared in a Webster County court on the charge Wednesday, when his bond was set at $1 million cash. Lewil stands accused in the death of 18-year-old Jlynn Beason, of Fort Dodge. Police say the shooting happened early Sunday morning when Lewil and Beason’s brother got into an argument. Police say Lewill pulled a gun and shot several times at the car Beason’s brother was in. Beason, who was also in the car, was hit by at least one of the bullets. Beason was taken to a local hospital, then to a Des Moines hospital, where she died Tuesday.