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Posted on: December 10, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Local COVID-19 Update, December 10, 2020

Dubuque County: 66 New Cases, 145 Recoveries, and 4 Deaths. 2,097 Active Cases.
Iowa: 2,246 New Cases, 4,362 Recoveries, and 99 Deaths.

Dubuque County: 66 New Cases, 145 Recoveries, and 4 Deaths. 2,097 Active Cases.

Iowa: 2,246 New Cases, 4,362 Recoveries, and 99 Deaths.

White House Task Force: 'Mitigation Efforts Must Increase'

The Dec. 6 White House Coronavirus Task Force Report states:

  • 100% of all counties in Iowa have moderate or high levels of community transmission (yellow, orange, or red zones), with 95% having high levels of community transmission (red zone).
  • Iowa had 512 new cases per 100,000 population, compared to a national average of 385 per 100,000.
  • Mitigation efforts must increase, including the implementation of key state and local policies with an additional focus on uniform behavioral change including masking, physical distancing, hand hygiene, no indoor gatherings outside of immediate households, and aggressive testing to find the asymptomatic individuals responsible for the majority of infectious spread.
  • Encouraging signs as cases and new hospital admissions have plateaued; however, this should be viewed very cautiously since there was a 40% reduction of PCR testing over the past week and nearly 50% of nursing homes have at least one positive staff member. There are still very high virus levels across the state; activities that were safe in the summer are not safe now. Keep mitigation efforts high.

Read the full report at

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


  • Dubuque County: 66 new cases. Total confirmed cases to date = 9,828
  • Iowa: 2,246 new cases. Total confirmed cases to date = 251,028

14-Day COVID-19 Trendline New Cases 12-10 (JPG)


  • Dubuque County: 2,097 active cases (83 fewer than yesterday)


Dubuque County

  • 4 new deaths.
  • Total deaths related to COVID to date = 123 
  • Underlying Cause Deaths = 116, Contributing Factor Deaths = 7


  • 99 new deaths.
  • Total deaths related to COVID to date = 3,120
  • Underlying Cause Deaths = 2,865, Contributing Factor Deaths = 255


  • Dubuque County Residents Hospitalized =  34 as of Dec. 8. (4 more than Dec. 6)
  • Iowans Currently Hospitalized = 863 (31 fewer than yesterday.) 


Dubuque County

  • 161 more individuals tested.
  • Total individuals tested to date = 45,592
  • Total tests to date = 104,680


  • 6,170 more individuals tested.
  • Total individuals tested to date = 1,268,076
  • Total tests to date = 2,665,315

% Positive Cases average is calculated by the sum total of Individuals Positive divided by the sum total of Total Individuals Tested for the past period of days (14 or 7).

Dubuque County

  • Past 14-day average = 12.9%
  • Past 7-day average = 9.8%


  • Past 14-day average = 15.6%
  • Past 7-day average = 11.6%


  • Dubuque County: New recoveries = 145. Total number of recoveries = 7,608
  • Iowa: New recoveries = 4,362. Total number of recoveries = 177,800


Dubuque County: 5 long-term care facility outbreaks (same yesterday) with 144 positive cases (4 more than yesterday), 14 new positive cases in the last 14 days, and 80 recoveries (same as yesterday):

  • Bethany Home, Dubuque (5 positive cases, 0 in the last 14 days, and 0 recoveries)
  • Dubuque Specialty Care, Dubuque (73 positive cases, 1 in the last 14 days, and 54 recoveries)
  • ManorCare Health Services, Dubuque (22 positive cases, 5 in the last 14 days, and 12 recoveries)
  • Shady Rest Care Center, Cascade (22 positive cases, 1 in the last 14 days, and 7 recoveries)
  • Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque (22 positive cases, 7 in the last 14 days, and 7 recoveries)

Iowa: 142 outbreaks (1 more than yesterday) with 5,752 positive cases, 2,696 recoveries, and 1,129 deaths to date. 

Wear a mask to help protect yourself and others (JPG)

.Considerations for Wearing Masks

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation modifying public health measures

Gov. Reynolds signed a new Public Health Disaster proclamation yesterday that modifies existing public health measures designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The proclamation continues to require that when people are in an indoor public space, and unable to social distance for 15 minutes or longer, masks are required to be worn. The same requirements apply to visitors and employees inside most State buildings. Additional mask requirements are imposed for certain specific establishments or gatherings.

The proclamation also continues to limit indoor social, community, business, or leisure gatherings or events to no more than 15 people. This includes wedding and funeral receptions, festivals, and conventions. Outdoor gatherings continue to be limited to no more than 30 people.

For high school-sponsored events, the proclamation permits two spectators for each high school athlete, performer, competitor, or staff member participating in the gathering and now includes cheerleaders and band members. The same is true for other sporting and recreational events, including youth and adult sporting events, which can now resume.

These new measures took effect today and continue through December 16, 2020. Complete details are available at

 For the most current information on COVID-19, visit

 For COVID-19 information specific to Dubuque County, visit

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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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