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COVID-19 Update
October 13, 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, 100,468 Iowans have tested positive, up 441 from our update yesterday morning, with a total of 866,924 tested. 19 additional deaths were reported since our last update, bringing the total to 1,481 deaths. Now 78,012 Iowans have recovered. The overall positivity rate is 11.6% and the total 14 day rolling average positivity rate is 9.3%. The latest on hospitalizations, including how many patients have been admitted in the last 24 hours can be found here. There are currently 463 hospitalized patients.

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 16 counties are above 15 percent positivity rate over the past 14 days:

Sioux 24.3%
Taylor 23.8%
Harrison 21.2%
Fremont 20.9%
Lyon 20.9%
Carroll 20.6%
Emmet 17.7%
Plymouth 17.5%
Guthrie 17.3%
Page 17.1%
Crawford 17.0%
Delaware 16.4%
O’Brien 16.3%
Montgomery 16.0%
Decatur 15.4%
Woodbury 15.0%

Total Cases 7,740,934
Total Deaths 214,108

Total Cases 37,841,551
Total Deaths 1,081,332

BIO Pipeline Tracker
742 Unique compounds in development
190 vaccines
201 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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