58% of employees at Tyson’s Perry plant test positive for COVID-19
Radio Iowa: Officials have now confirmed COVID-19 outbreaks at four Iowa meatpacking facilities. More than 700 of the employees at Tyson’s plant in Perry — that’s 58 percent of the workforce — have tested positive for the virus. The company had refused to reveal data about the infection rate among employees, but the information was released Tuesday during the governor’s daily news conference. Iowa Department of Public Health deputy director Sarah Reisetter said the state epidemiologist has determined it’s necessary to release information when infection rates or absenteeism surpasses 10 percent at a facility “such as a congregate setting in which social distancing is impossible or impracticable, including but not limited to meat packing plants, food and beverage processing plants, factories with production lines and warehouses.”

Another 19 COVID-19 deaths reported as Iowa surpasses 10,000 positive cases
Des Moines Register: Another 19 Iowans with COVID-19 in have died, the Iowa Department of Public Health reported Tuesday, bringing the statewide total to 207. The IDPH also reported that 408 people tested positive for COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus. Statewide, 10,111 people have tested positive. The 19 deaths are the most reported in a single day. Previously, the most reported was 14 on April 29.

The White House is considering winding down the coronavirus task force in the coming weeks
New York Times: Trump administration officials are telling members and staff of the coronavirus task force that the White House plans to wind down the operation in coming weeks despite growing evidence that the crisis is raging on. It is not clear whether any other group might replace the task force. While the task force’s advice has sometimes been swept aside by President Donald Trump and its recommendations for criteria on reopening for business defied by a number of states, it has served as the closest thing the White House has for running a centralized response to the pandemic.

Today’s extra briefs: 
– Hy-Vee to limit meat purchases due to a shortage of workers at meatpacking plants (Des Moines Register)
– Economists: March brought record economic dive in Iowa, trouble may last 18 months (Iowa Capital Dispatch)