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COVID-19 Update
February 19, 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.

Iowa Update

Many anti-vaccine bills have been filed at the Iowa Legislature this session, and some are moving forward. SF193, a broad anti-vaccine non-discrimination bill, moved out of a subcommittee in the Senate this week, and SF125, a bill that would require changes to the medical examiner form to list recent vaccinations for infant deaths is out of the full Senate Human Resources Committee. For the latest information and to follow these bills, sign up for our Friday Bill Tracker Newsletter by clicking here.

Key Statistics

The overall number of vaccines administered is 529,445 an increase of 20,355 since yesterday, with 266,445 receiving their first dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine and 131,500 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 331,623 Iowans have tested positive, up 587 from our update yesterday morning, with a total of 1,534,374 tested. 15 additional deaths were reported since our last update, bringing the total to 5,321 deaths. Now 307,596 Iowans have recovered. The total 14 day rolling average positivity rate is 7.1% the past 7-day average is 5.1%. The latest on hospitalizations, including how many patients have been admitted in the last 24 hours can be found here. There are currently 241 hospitalized patients.

School district statistics including positivity rates by county can be found here. Currently 1 (of 99) county is at or above a 15 percent positivity rate over the past 14 days. Click here to search county data for today.

Total Cases 27,669,556
Total Deaths 489,067
Total Vaccination Doses Administered 57,737,767

Total Cases 110,416,754
Total Deaths 2,443,846

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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