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Governor Kim Reynolds will hold a press conference from Iowa PBS at 11 am today. The event will be livestreamed and posted in full on Governor Reynolds’ Facebook Page.
Currently, IDPH has reported on the state’s coronavirus dashboard, 260,221 Iowans have tested positive, up 1,970 from our update yesterday morning, with a total of 1,294,598 tested. 67 additional deaths were reported since our last update, bringing the total to 3,340 deaths. Now 196,145 Iowans have recovered. The total 14 day rolling average positivity rate is 13.9% the past 7-day average is 10.5%. The latest on hospitalizations, including how many patients have been admitted in the last 24 hours can be found here. There are currently 798 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. School district waiver requests and whether they are granted or denied are listed here.
Currently 47 (of 99) counties are above a 15 percent positivity rate over the past 14 days. Click here to search county data for today.
Total Cases 16,317,892
Total Deaths 300,032
Total Cases 73,613,809
Total Deaths 1,638,565