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Posted on: August 22, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Local COVID-19 Update, August 22, 2020

19 New Cases and One Death in Dubuque County, 787 New Cases and 13 Deaths Statewide

Gov. Reynolds Extends State Public Health Emergency Declaration

The proclamation extends public health mitigation measures currently in place for businesses and other establishments. This includes the requirements for bars and restaurants to ensure six feet of physical distance between each group or individual dining or drinking; to ensure all patrons have a seat at a table or bar; and to limit congregating together closer than six feet. Requirements for social distancing, hygiene, and other public health measures to reduce the risk of transmission also remain in place for gyms, casinos, salons, theaters, and other establishments. The proclamation is now in effect until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, September 20, 2020. Read the full announcement.

19 New Cases and One Death in Dubuque County, 787 New Cases and 13 Deaths Statewide  

(11 a.m. yesterday to 11 a.m. today): 


  • Dubuque County: 19 new cases. Total confirmed cases to date = 1,890
  • Iowa: 787 new cases. Total confirmed cases to date = 55,496


  • Dubuque County: One additional death. Total deaths to date = 35 
  • Iowa: 13 additional deaths. Total deaths to date = 1,030


Dubuque County:

  • 199 more individuals tested. Total residents tested to date = 22,927
  • Dubuque County Test Positivity Rate: 14-day average = 6.9%*, average to date = 8.2%.


  • 5,513 more individuals tested. Total Iowa residents tested to date = 591,016
  • Iowa Test Positivity Rate: 14-day average = 7.5%*,  average to date = 9.4%

* The positivity rates are calculated by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). Positive cases are assigned to the date the test was collected.  Because the time between collection and reporting can take several days, trends over time are monitored in addition to a single day. Therefore, the  14-day positivity rate is a preferred indicator of community spread and positivity rate.


  • Dubuque County: Hospitalized = 10 as of Aug. 20.
  • Iowa*: Currently hospitalized = 268. Down 25 from yesterday.

*NOTE: Due to severe weather conditions on August 10, 2020, some Iowans being treated for COVID-19 in a long-term care facility or at home may be transferred to a hospital or other health care facility for temporary treatment due to damage to their place of residence. This may cause hospitalization data or other data on the site to fluctuate in the short term.


  • Dubuque County: New recoveries = 20. Total number of recoveries = 1,344
  •  Iowa: New recoveries = 519. Total number of recoveries = 43,362

* A positive COVID-19 patient is considered recovered if it has been at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared, they have gone at least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication, and symptoms have improved.


  • Dubuque County: No long-term care facility outbreaks.
  • Iowa: 35 outbreaks (one more than yesterday) 

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This message is from the Dubuque County Public Health Incident Management Team, which includes staff from the from the Dubuque County Health Department, City of Dubuque Health Department, Dubuque County Emergency Management Agency, and the Dubuque Visiting Nurse Association.

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