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COVID-19 Update
October 29, 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, 121,742 Iowans have tested positive, up 2,648 from our update yesterday morning, with a total of 956,356 tested. 12 additional deaths were reported since our last update, bringing the total to 1,691 deaths. Now 91,376 Iowans have recovered. The overall positivity rate is 12.7% and the total 14 day rolling average positivity rate is 11.7%. The latest on hospitalizations, including how many patients have been admitted in the last 24 hours can be found here. There are currently 605 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 25 counties are above 15 percent positivity rate over the past 14 days:

Cass 22.1%
Delaware 22.0%
O’Brien 21.3%
Harrison 20.9%
Osceola 20.3%
Jackson 20.0%
Plymouth 19.3%
Sioux 18.9%
Carroll 17.9%
Winnebago 17.8%
Taylor 17.7%
Humboldt 17.1%
Fremont 17.0%
Davis 16.6%
Woodbury 16.4%
Dubuque 16.0%
Adams 15.9%
Adair 15.9%
Dickinson 15/4%
Des Moines 15.4%
Lyon 15.4%
Mahaska 15.2%
Van Buren 15.1%
Webster 15.1%
Henry 15.0%

Total Cases 8,752,794
Total Deaths 225,985

Total Cases 44,586,424
Total Deaths 1,175,712

BIO Pipeline Tracker
762 Unique compounds in development
193 vaccines
207 antivirals
362 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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