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Posted on: September 5, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Local COVID-19 Update, September 5, 2020

36 New Cases in Dubuque County, 1,075 New Cases and 23 Deaths Statewide

36 New Cases in Dubuque County, 1,075 New Cases and 23 Deaths Statewide

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


  • Dubuque County: 36 new cases. Total confirmed cases to date = 2,146
  • Iowa: 1,075 new cases. Total confirmed cases to date = 69,057


  • Dubuque County: No additional deaths. Total deaths to date = 36
  • Iowa: 23 additional deaths. Total deaths to date = 1,160

TESTING & POSITIVITY RATE (As reported by the Iowa Department of Public Health)

Dubuque County:

  • 505 more individuals tested. Total residents tested to date = 25,219
  • Dubuque County Test Positivity Rate: 14-day average = 8.0%, average to date = 8.5%.


  • 6,011 more individuals tested. Total Iowa residents tested to date = 661,823
  • Iowa Test Positivity Rate: 14-day average = 11.1%, average to date = 10.4%


  • Dubuque County: Hospitalized = 7 as of Sept. 3. Two fewer than Sept. 2.
  • Iowa: Currently hospitalized = 315. Two fewer than yesterday.


  • Dubuque County: New recoveries = 13. Total number of recoveries = 1,669
  • Iowa: New recoveries = 551. Total number of recoveries = 49,495

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: 29 outbreaks (Same as reported yesterday)

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COVID-19 Epi-Curve March 15 - Sept 5 (JPEG)

Labor Day 2020 COVID-19 Guidance from the IDPH

As Iowans gather with their families this Labor Day to celebrate the accomplishments of American workers, and mark the unofficial end of summer vacation, IDPH reminds all Iowans that COVID-19 is still circulating in Iowa. All Iowans should continue to take precautions to protect the health of themselves and their families. Before attending a family gathering or cookout, please take a moment to review this guidance to help you understand how the virus spreads and how to protect yourself and others.

Know how the virus spreads

  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:
    - Between people who are in close contact with one another(within about six feet).
    - Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs,sneezes or talks.
  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.

Everyone Should

  • Wash your hands often
  • Wash your hands often, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place or after using the restroom.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mask, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

  • Stay at least six feet away from people who are sick, and from people who don’t live in your home.
  • Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others

  • Everyone should wear a mask in public settings, especially when social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • The mask is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
  • Masks should not be placed on children under age 2, or anyone who has trouble breathing.
  • A mask is not a substitute for social distancing. Continue to stay at least six feet from others.
  • Clean and disinfect

    Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

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Media Contact
Randy Gehl, Public Information Officer
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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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