A 64-year-old Sioux City man is the first employee of the Tyson Fresh Meats plant in Dakota City to die as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Raymundo Corral, a front-line worker at the beef plant, died Saturday afternoon at his home, four days after testing positive for the COVID-19 virus.
Corral’s common-law wife, Anna Bell, said her husband began feeling ill two weeks ago, but continued to report to work at the plant. He was not given access to a test, despite reporting symptoms of the virus.
Bell also contracted the virus and was hospitalized Saturday at MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center. She was admitted shortly after her husband had died, and was released on Tuesday afternoon.
A daughter, Sarah Corral, tested positive and was on a ventilator, but is now breathing on her own at UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s in Sioux City.
According to reports, each member of the family had underlying medical conditions, which can increase the risk of contracting the virus. Ray Corral ha high blood pressure, Bell is a cancer survivor who also suffers from an irregular heartbeat and high blood pressure, while their daughter has diabetes.