• here were another 6,379 Iowans who tested positive for COVID-19 in the past seven days. A total of 83,347 Iowans have tested positive for the virus so far. 1,299 have died from COVID-19. An average of 6 Iowans per day die of COVID. Statewide, hospitalizations inched back up to 305 Iowans. 

 

  • Nationally, we reached a sad milestone when we learned that over 200,000 Americans have now died of COVID-19. There are now almost over 7 million confirmed Coronavirus cases nationwide. 

 

  • Thirteen Iowa counties have a 15% or higher positivity rate. Gov. Kim Reynolds has ordered that at least 50% of instruction at Iowa schools must be held in person and for K-12 schools to be considered for a state waiver allowing for online-only instruction, districts must have a 10% absentee rate and the county they are located in must have a 14-day coronavirus average of at least 15%. Despite the high positivity rate, many schools in those counties have not yet applied for the waiver. 

 

  • According to the Cedar Rapids Gazette, Iowa is seeing COVID cases continue to rise among 17 and younger Iowans and education workers. Earlier this week, Iowa reported 90 new positive cases among young people age 17 and under, bringing the total number of COVID positive children to 6,430, and 78 new cases among people working in education for a total of 3,158. To follow COVID cases in Iowa schools go to: https://iowacovid19tracker.org/covid-19-in-our-schools

 

  • The Attorney General Tom Miller announced a partnership with social enterprise ‘Summer’ to assist Iowa’s student loan borrowers with free COVID-19 relief guidance. Despite the CARES Act recent student loan relief extension, thousands of Iowa borrowers remain unsure their loans are eligible for payment suspension and interest waiver during the pandemic. This program will help Iowans navigate complex repayment processes, ensure borrowers won’t miss important payments, and are properly enrolled in assistance programs.