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COVID-19 Update
December 9, 2020
IowaBio wants to provide our members useful information during the COVID-19 pandemic. This newsletter compiles information on state, federal and industry action to combat the virus and its impacts.

If your company is helping respond to COVID-19, IowaBio wants to know about it. Please, send any information about what your biotechnology company or organization is doing to help, to Jessica Hyland at

If IowaBio can assist you in getting information out, connecting with public officials, or support your company in another way, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Past IowaBio COVID-19 Update newsletters are now available at and can be found under the Industry News tab on the IowaBio website.

Iowa Update

Governor Kim Reynolds will hold a press conference from Iowa PBS at 11 am today. It will be livestreamed and posted in full on Governor Reynolds’ Facebook Page.   

Key Statistics

Currently, IDPH has reported on the state’s coronavirus dashboard, 248,781 Iowans have tested positive, up 2,541 from our update yesterday morning, with a total of 1,261,908 tested. 195 additional deaths were reported since our last update, bringing the total to 2,919 deaths. Now 173,438 Iowans have recovered. The total 14 day rolling average positivity rate is 15.8% the past 7-day average is 11.7%. The latest on hospitalizations, including how many patients have been admitted in the last 24 hours can be found here. There are currently 900 hospitalized patients.

School district statistics including positivity rates by county can be found here. According to guidance issued by the Iowa Department of Education, schools may petition to go to hybrid or online learning with less than 50 percent in-person instruction when the per county percentage positivity rates are above 15 percent in a county on average over the past 14 days (rolling average) AND 10% absenteeism among students is expected for in-person learning. School district waiver requests and whether they are granted or denied are listed here.

Currently 66 (of 99) counties are above a 15 percent positivity rate over the past 14 days. Click here to search county data for today.

Total Cases 14,823,129
Total Deaths 282,785

Total Cases 68,367,895
Total Deaths 1,559,873

BIO Pipeline Tracker
786 Unique compounds in development
194 vaccines
221 antivirals
371 treatments

Jessica Hyland, J.D.
Executive Director
Iowa Biotechnology Association
Cell: (515) 822-1315
Office: (515) 327-9156
Fax: (515) 327-1407
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