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COVID-19 Update
February 22, 2021
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.

Key Statistics


As reported last week in this update, the Governor announced changes to the statistics tracked. The state is no longer tracking testing by individual and now reports total tests—including repeat testing. This shift will be notable in this report today in the positive test number, and positivity rate stats. This update will no longer track individuals recovered, as the state no longer reports this individual-based information. Just before this change, nearly 400,000 individuals had tested positive since tracking began. The school statistics by county have also been removed from the state’s dashboard, since the state now requires an in-person learning option for all schools, and no longer links school guidance to the 15 percent county-level positivity statistic. Since hospital data will be an even more important indicator with these changes, this report will now include more information on hospitalizations.

The overall number of vaccines administered is 585,961 an increase of 56,516 since Friday, with 293,861 receiving their first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and 146,050 receiving their second dose. To find vaccine providers in your county, click here or scroll to the bottom of the vaccine dashboard.

Currently, IDPH has reported on the state’s coronavirus dashboard 359,565 positive tests were reported, up 27,942 from our update Friday morning, and a total of 3,957,368 tests.

15 additional deaths were reported since our last update, bringing the total to 5,336 deaths.

The total 14 day rolling average positivity rate is 4.3% the past 7-day average is 4.1%.

The latest on hospitalizations can be found here. There are currently 222 hospitalized patients, with 54 in the ICU, and 22 admitted in the last 24 hours.

Total Cases 27,882,557
Total Deaths 496,112
Total Vaccination Doses Administered 63,090,634

Total Cases 111,434,119
Total Deaths 2,467,481

BIO Pipeline Tracker
836 Unique compounds in development
206 vaccines
243 antivirals
387 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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