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COVID-19 Update
October 22, 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, 110,779 Iowans have tested positive, up 1,541 from our update yesterday morning, with a total of 917,195 tested. 18 additional deaths were reported since our last update, bringing the total to 1,594 deaths. Now 85,593 Iowans have recovered. The overall positivity rate is 12.1% and the total 14 day rolling average positivity rate is 9.7%. The latest on hospitalizations, including how many patients have been admitted in the last 24 hours can be found here. There are currently 530 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 14 counties are above 15 percent positivity rate over the past 14 days:

Harrison 22.3%
Cass 21.0%
Delaware 20.7%
Sioux 20.3%
Monroe 20.3%
Plymouth 19.8%
Osceola 19.0%
Carroll 17.5%
Taylor 16.5%
Winnebago 16.4%
O’Brien 16.1%
Humboldt 15.4%
Lyon 15.2
Crawford 15.0%

Total Cases 8,249,011
Total Deaths 220,362

Total Cases 41,310,004
Total Deaths 1,132,676

BIO Pipeline Tracker
760 Unique compounds in development
192 vaccines
204 antivirals
364 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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