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COVID-19 Update
October 2, 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.

US News

President Trump announced early today that he and the First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19. The pair were tested after Hope Hicks, a White House aide, also tested positive for the virus. The Trumps will isolate in the White House while they recover. Vice President Pence has tested negative.

Iowa Update
The Test Iowa drive-thru site currently located in Dallas County at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines will move to a new metro-area location when testing concludes on Friday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. 
The site will be temporarily relocated to Merle Hay Mall, 4000 Merle Hay Road in Des Moines, in the north parking lot near the former Sears store. The site will reopen for testing on Monday, Oct. 5 at 8 a.m.  
Two Test Iowa sites currently serve the metro area. The second is located at Polk County River Place, 2309 Euclid Avenue in Des Moines. 
Additionally, work is underway to relocate Test Iowa drive-thru sites to enclosed structures ahead of the winter season. Site moves are anticipated in the coming weeks. 
Test Iowa offers COVID-19 testing at drive-thru and clinic sites across the state. To be tested, individuals must first complete an assessment at and schedule an appointment. A complete listing of locations is available at and  
Key Statistics

Currently, IDPH has reported on the state’s coronavirus dashboard, 90,619 Iowans have tested positive, up 1,194 from our update yesterday morning, with a total of 809,813 tested. 8 additional deaths were reported since our last update, bringing the total to 1,366 deaths. Now 70,380 Iowans have recovered. The overall positivity rate is 11.2% and the total 14 day rolling average positivity rate is 8.7%. 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:

Lyon 31.7%
Sioux 27.7%
Taylor 20.4%
Delaware 19.0%
O’Brien 18.4%
Osceola 18.0%
Page 17.9%
Fremont 17.9%
Palo Alto 16.5%
Harrison 15.9%
Plymouth 15.8%
Crawford 15.6%
Henry 15.2%
Woodbury 15.1%

Total Cases 7,213,419
Total Deaths 206,402

Total Cases 34,345,342
Total Deaths 1,023,817

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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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