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On Sunday afternoon, President Trump’s physicians said his health continues to improve after he was diagnosed with COVID-19, and the president could be discharged and back at his desk as early as today. The president started steroid treatments, including dexamethasone and completed a second dose of antiviral drug remdesivir. On Sunday afternoon, Trump released a video from Walter Reed hospital saying he had "learned a lot about COVID", and took a short drive to greet supporters outside the hospital. The president will reportedly not return to the campaign trail for now.
The Iowa Department of Public Health has a link with new information highlighting the State’s coordination when a COVID vaccination is distributed. IDPH anticipates receiving initial shipments of COVID-19 vaccine late this fall. These first shipments of vaccines will be very small and prioritized for people in high risk groups. As more vaccines become available, those groups will broaden until anyone who wants to receive the vaccine can get it. The link will be updated often with new information as it becomes available.
The office of Governor Kim Reynolds released the agenda for the next meeting of the Governor’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board, which is focusing on economic recovery from COVID-19 meets virtually on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.. The agenda can be found here. Members of the public interested in participating should contact Ryan A. Capps, Ryan.Capps@governor.iowa.gov.
Currently, IDPH has reported on the state’s coronavirus dashboard, 92,843 Iowans have tested positive, up 2,224 from our update Friday morning, with a total of 823,766 tested. 21 additional deaths were reported since our last update, bringing the total to 1,387 deaths. Now 71,785 Iowans have recovered. The overall positivity rate is 11.3% 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 14 counties are above 15 percent positivity rate over the past 14 days:
Total Cases 7,359,952
Total Deaths 208,821
Total Cases 35,227,767
Total Deaths 1,037,887