TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE DISEASE. STEVE: NEW TONIGHT. A COUNTY NORTH OF THE METRO HAS PUT SOME BIG TESTING MEASURES IN PLACE TO STAY-AHEAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS. KCCI’S MAX DIEKNEITE IS HERE TO TELL US WHAT WRIGHT COUNTY IS DOING. MAX: STEVE, OFFICIALS IN WRIGHT COUNTY JUST ANNOUNCED TONIGHT, THAT THEY HAVE UNCOVERED DOZENS OF NEW COVID-19 CASES COUNTY-WIDE, IN PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT SHOWING ANY SYMPTOMS. THE COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTME STARTED DOING SURVIELLANCE TESTING AND CONTACT-TRACING WEEKS AGO. THEY SAY THEY’VE BEEN FOCUSING ON BUSINESSES, THAT HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO BECOME HOTSPOTS. THIS WEEK, THE COUNTY TESTED 294 PEOPLE. SO FAR 52 HAVE COME BACK POSITIVE OF THOSE 52 NEW POSITIVE CASES, WE’RE TOLD NONE ARE FROM THE PRESTAGE PORK PLANT, IN EAGLE GROVE. COUNTY EPIDEMIOLOGIST SANDY MCGRATH SAYS EVEN THOUGH THING THERE ARE CALM AND BUSINESSES ARE OPENING BACK UP THEY KNOW HOW QUICKLY THING CAN CHANGE, FOR THE WORSE.>> WE ARE DOING A LOT OF CONTACT TRACING. WE KNOW IT’S GOING TO HAPPEN, JUST BECAUSE IT’S HERE. WE DON’T KNOW A LOT ABOUT IT, BUT OUR BEST THING IS JUST TO STAY AHEAD OF IT. IF YOU DON’T DO YOUR CONTACT TRACING, IT DOESN’T TAKE MUCH FOR IT TO SPREAD. MAX: MCGRATH SAYS THEY HAVE BEEN ABLE TEST RESIDENTS AT ALL OF

This Iowa county is paying attention to potential COVID-19 hot spots to prevent the spread

Wright County has put big testing measures into place to stay ahead of the coronavirus. Officials in Write County announced Thursday night that they have uncovered dozens of new COVID-19 cases countywide, in people who are not showing any symptoms. The county health department started doing surveillance testing and contact tracing weeks ago. They said they’ve been focusing on businesses that have the potential to become hot spots. This week, the county tested 294 people and 52 have come back positive. Of the 52 new positive cases, the department said none are from the Prestage pork plant in Eagle Grove. County epidemiologist Sandy McGrath said even though things there are calm, and businesses are opening back up, they know how quickly things can change for the worse.”We’re doing a lot of contact tracing,” McGrath said. “We know it’s gonna happen, just because it’s here. We don’t know a lot about it, but our best thing is just to stay ahead of it.” McGrath said they have been able to test residents at all of their nursing homes countywide. “If you don’t do your contact tracing, it doesn’t take much for a positive, without realizing it, to spread,” McGrath said. She said people have done a good job of containing the spread in the county, but added that this is not a time to ease up. For more about COVID-19 cases in Iowa, click here.For more about how to stay healthy, click here.

WRIGHT COUNTY, Iowa —

Wright County has put big testing measures into place to stay ahead of the coronavirus.

Officials in Write County announced Thursday night that they have uncovered dozens of new COVID-19 cases countywide, in people who are not showing any symptoms.

The county health department started doing surveillance testing and contact tracing weeks ago. They said they’ve been focusing on businesses that have the potential to become hot spots.

This week, the county tested 294 people and 52 have come back positive. Of the 52 new positive cases, the department said none are from the Prestage pork plant in Eagle Grove.

County epidemiologist Sandy McGrath said even though things there are calm, and businesses are opening back up, they know how quickly things can change for the worse.

“We’re doing a lot of contact tracing,” McGrath said. “We know it’s gonna happen, just because it’s here. We don’t know a lot about it, but our best thing is just to stay ahead of it.”

McGrath said they have been able to test residents at all of their nursing homes countywide.

“If you don’t do your contact tracing, it doesn’t take much for a positive, without realizing it, to spread,” McGrath said.

She said people have done a good job of containing the spread in the county, but added that this is not a time to ease up.

For more about COVID-19 cases in Iowa, click here.

For more about how to stay healthy, click here.

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