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Yesterday Des Moines Public Schools lost a request for a temporary injunction that would have allowed the district to legally hold all its classes remotely. A Polk County Judge denied the district's request to keep holding classes online while its lawsuit against Governor Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Education proceeds. The district, which held its first day of classes Tuesday, is challenging Reynolds' order that at least 50% of classes be held in person. Another judge also ruled against a similar injunction request by Iowa City schools yesterday. Read more here.
Currently, IDPH has reported on the state’s coronavirus dashboard, 71,018 Iowans have tested positive, up 482 from our update yesterday morning, with a total of 675,893 tested. Antigen test results are now included in the overall data and broken out separately from PCR test results in the data here. 15 additional deaths were reported since our last update, bringing the total to 1,185 deaths. Now 50,929 Iowans have recovered. The overall positivity rate is 10.5% and the total 14 day rolling average positivity rate is 10.2%. 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 8 counties are above 15 percent positivity rate over the past 14 days: