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COVID-19 Update
September 23, 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

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

Currently, IDPH has reported on the state’s coronavirus dashboard, 81,674 Iowans have tested positive, up 667 from our update yesterday morning, with a total of 748,891 tested. 9 additional deaths were reported since our last update, bringing the total to 1,293 deaths. Now 59,163 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 12 counties are above 15 percent positivity rate over the past 14 days:
Sioux 29.6%
Osceola 26.7%
Crawford 22.5%
Lyon 21.8%
Sac 18.5%
Ida 18.4%
Plymouth 18.1%
Henry 17.7%
Audubon 17.2%
Winnebago 16.0%
Dubuque 15.3%
Woodbury 15.0%

Total Cases 6,825,697
Total Deaths 199,462

Total Cases 31,638,070
Total Deaths 971,483

BIO Pipeline Tracker
737 Unique compounds in development
188 vaccines
198 antivirals
351 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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