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The Office of Governor Kim Reynolds released the agenda for the next Governor’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board meeting, which focuses on economic growth in the wake of COVID-19. The agenda can be found here for the meeting to be held Thursday, Sept. 3 at 9:00 a.m.. Members of the public interested in participating and speaking during open comments should contact Ryan Capps, firstname.lastname@example.org
Currently, IDPH has reported on the state’s coronavirus dashboard, 65,846 Iowans have tested positive, up 587 from our update Friday morning, with a total of 640,004 tested. 4 additional deaths were reported since our last update, bringing the total to 1125 deaths. Now 48,003 Iowans have recovered. The latest on hospitalizations, including how many patients have been admitted in the last 24 hours can be found here.
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.