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Bar owners who filed suit against the state to stop Governor Kim Reynolds’ order to close bars in six counties after spikes in positive case counts, lost their case to get a temporary injunction Friday. The judge said although the plaintiffs could demonstrate concrete harm in losses to their business, the state’s interest in stopping the spread of COVID-19 outweighed that harm. To read more click here.
Students, parents and coaches of Des Moines Public schools marched to the Governor’s mansion Monday in protest of sports and in person activities being disallowed, when online learning is in place. DMPS will begin the year fully online, despite being denied that option by the Iowa Department of Education, which is relying on an Iowa law to require over half of instruction to be in person. A lawsuit against the state that will determine if local schools can decide when to go to virtual learning, is still pending. Read more here.
Currently, IDPH has reported on the state’s coronavirus dashboard, 70,536 Iowans have tested positive, up 2,692 from our update Friday morning, with a total of 672,554 tested. Antigen test results are now included in the overall data and broken out separately from PCR test results in the data here. 33 additional deaths were reported since our last update, bringing the total to 1,170 deaths. Now 50,362 Iowans have recovered. The overall positivity rate is 10.5% and the total 14 day rolling average positivity rate is 10.6%. 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.
Currently 7 counties are above 15 percent positivity rate over the past 14 days: