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This is the last issue of 2020! Thanks for reading this update throughout this year. We wish you a happy, healthy New Year (and a prompt vaccination!)
Currently, IDPH has reported on the state’s coronavirus dashboard, 280,290 Iowans have tested positive, up 1,699 from our update yesterday, with a total of 1,355,006 tested. 10 additional deaths were reported since our last update, with the total remaining at 3,822 deaths. Now 238,975 Iowans have recovered. The total 14 day rolling average positivity rate is 12.2% the past 7-day average is 10.7%. The latest on hospitalizations, including how many patients have been admitted in the last 24 hours can be found here. There are currently 600 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 33 (of 99) counties are at or above a 15 percent positivity rate over the past 14 days. Click here to search county data for today.
Total Cases 19,432,125
Total Deaths 337,419
Total Cases 82,843,750
Total Deaths 1,807,866