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COVID-19 Update
September 21, 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

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Iowa Update

Friday, Governor Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency for another 30 days.
Bars, taverns, wineries, breweries, distilleries, night clubs continue to be closed in Johnson and Story counties until 11:59 p.m. on September 27, 2020. They may continue to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption off premises. Restaurants in these two counties are still permitted to remain open, but must stop selling and serving alcoholic beverages after 10:00 p.m.
The proclamation also extends the other public health mitigation measures currently in place for businesses and other establishments until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 18, 2020.
This includes the requirements for open bars and restaurants to ensure six feet of physical distance between each group or individual dining or drinking; to ensure all patrons have a seat at a table or bar and consume alcohol or food while seated; and to limit congregating together closer than six feet. Requirements for social distancing, hygiene, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission also remain in place for gyms, casinos, salons, theaters, and other establishments.
The proclamation also provides additional regulatory relief to school districts and extends many of the previously issued regulatory relief measures necessary to respond to this public health disaster, including those related to healthcare, professional licensure, educational workforce, and expirations of driver’s licenses. 
The proclamation now remains in effect until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 18, 2020.
The full proclamation is online in its entirety.

Key Statistics

Currently, IDPH has reported on the state’s coronavirus dashboard, 80,410 Iowans have tested positive, up 2,431 from our update Friday morning, with a total of 739,921 tested. Antigen test results are now included in the overall data and broken out separately from PCR test results in the data here. 8 additional deaths were reported since our last update, bringing the total to 1,265 deaths. Now 57,815 Iowans have recovered. The overall positivity rate is 10.9% and the total 14 day rolling average positivity rate is 8.8%. 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 10 counties are above 15 percent positivity rate over the past 14 days:
Sioux 29.8%
Crawford 21.7%
Osceola 21.7%
Lyon 21.3%
Plymouth 19.4%
Winnebago 17.8%
Sac 17.7%
Henry 16.3%
Ida 16.4%
Woodbury 15.1%

Total Cases 6,748,935
Total Deaths 198,754

Total Cases 31,084,007
Total Deaths 961,273

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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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