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Posted on: May 14, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Local COVID-19 Update, May 14, 2021

844 More Fully Vaccinated and 13 New Positive Individuals in Dubuque County Since Wednesday

844 More Fully Vaccinated and 13 New Positive Individuals in Dubuque County Since Wednesday

CDC Modifies Mask Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Individuals, Local Ordinances to be Discussed

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control announced new guidance for fully vaccinated individuals yesterday afternoon.

"If you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you can resume activities that you did before the pandemic without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, including local business and workplace guidance."

 Remember, you’re considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19:

  • 2 weeks after the second shot of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
  • 2 weeks after 1 dose of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 Vaccine

If you haven't received a COVID-19 vaccine, get one as soon as you can. Multiple opportunities are available locally.  For details, visit or call the Sleeves Up! Call Center at 563.690.6253.

For additional CDC guidance for fully vaccinated individuals and how to protect yourself and others, visit

 The Dubuque County and City of Dubuque face covering ordinances are still in effect until they are rescinded by those elected officials.  Changes to ordinances must be made in a public meeting and Iowa public meeting laws require 24-hour public notices and agenda publication.  The Dubuque County Board of Supervisors will meet at 4:30 today to discuss the county ordinance and the Dubuque City Council will discuss the city ordinance at their 6:30 p.m. meeting on Monday.

IDPH Urges Vaccination of 12-15 Year Old Adolescents

Following U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) EUA approval on May 10, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) adopted CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation that endorsed the safety and effectiveness of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and its use in 12- through 15-year-old adolescents.

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) recognizes this as a critical step forward for the vaccine campaign in Iowa and urges Iowa families to vaccinate their children in this age group. The CDC has also revised administration guidance, stating that COVID-19 and other vaccines may now be administered without regard to timing. This includes simultaneous administration of COVID-19 and other vaccines on the same day, as well as co-administration within 14 days.

“We want to emphasize the importance of this vaccine as a tool to keep Iowa kids healthy and encourage families to have a conversation with their children and healthcare provider. Making a plan to get the COVID vaccine as soon as possible helps to ensure that Iowa kids in this age group can safely enjoy their normal summer activities and there’s no interference with other immunizations they may be scheduled to receive,” said Dr. Caitlin Pedati, IDPH Medical Director & State Epidemiologist.

Families should contact their health care provider, local vaccine provider, or pharmacy to schedule an appointment. Visit or call the Dubuque County Sleeves Up! Call Center at 563.690.6253


(1 p.m. yesterday to 1 p.m. today)


  • Vaccinations Completed: 44,563
     (844 more than Monday)
  • 46% of all Dubuque County residents fully vaccinated
  • 62% of the County’s total population age 16 and older has either completed their vaccination series or is currently in the process
  • 89% of the County’s total age 65 and older population has either completed their vaccination series or is currently in the process.
  • Vaccinations Started (1st dose): 3,564
  • For current information on Dubuque County vaccination opportunities, visit

Dubuque County Residents Fully Vaccinated May 14 (JPG)


  • 13 new positive individuals since Monday 
  • Total positive individuals to date = 13,371

New COVID-19 Cases in Dubuque County - May 14 (JPG)


  • 234 active cases in Dubuque County (25 less than Monday)

Active COVID-19 Cases in Dubuque County Apr 14 - May 14 (JPG)

Positivity rate based on total positive tests, not individuals.

  • Past 14-day positivity average = 1.7%
  • Past 7-day positivity average = 1.2%

14-Day Average of Percent of Positive Cases May 14 (JPG)


  • Dubuque County Residents Hospitalized = 3 as of May 13. (1 more than May 10)


  • No new deaths since Friday.
  • Total deaths related to COVID to date = 209
  • Underlying Cause Deaths = 193, Contributing Factor Deaths = 16

Please do not reply to this message.  If you have questions, please call 563-556-6200.  
For COVID-19 information specific to Dubuque County, visit

 For current statewide data, please visit

General Guidelines (JPG)

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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