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Posted on: July 28, 2021

[ARCHIVED] July 28 Dubuque County COVID-19 Update

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 - UPDATE ON NEW CDC GUIDANCE
184 More Completed Vaccinations and 32 New Positive Individuals, and 2 Deaths Since July 21


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance yesterday that includes mask use for some people in some situations and locations. This new guidance also recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status.

The new CDC guidance is based on the rate of community transmission, which includes new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population over the last seven days and the percentage of positive diagnostic tests in the last seven days. In addition to community transmission, the Dubuque County Public Health Incident Management Team will continue to monitor local health system capacity, vaccination coverage, early detection of increases in COVID-19 cases, and populations at risk for severe outcomes, as recommended by the new CDC guidance.

Dubuque County's current level of community transmission is moderate, based on the July 19-25 time period.  This data indicates that Dubuque County residents should follow these guidelines:

Guiding Principles for Fully Vaccinated People

  • Outdoor activities pose minimal risk to fully vaccinated people.
  • Most indoor activities pose low risk to fully vaccinated people, especially in areas with low or moderate transmission (Dubuque's current level is moderate transmission).
  • Infections happen in only a small proportion of people who are fully vaccinated, even with the Delta variant.
  • Fully vaccinated people who become infected with the Delta variant can transmit it to others.

To reduce their risk of becoming infected with the Delta variant and potentially spreading it to others, the CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people evaluate these factors based on their individual situation/circumstances:

  • Wear a mask in public indoor settings if they are in an area of substantial or high transmission,
  • Fully vaccinated people might choose to mask regardless of the level of transmission, particularly if they or someone in their household is immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease, or if someone in their household is unvaccinated.
  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Isolate if they have tested positive for COVID-19 in the prior 10 days or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Get tested 3-5 days after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days after exposure or until they receive a negative test result.
  • Continue to follow any applicable federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations.

Guidance for People NOT Fully Vaccinated

  • Get vaccinated if you can.
  • Wear a mask in public indoor settings.
  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

For more details on the CDC's new guidance, visit

According to the most-recent data from the CDC, the level of community transmission of COVID-19 in Dubuque County is MODERATE.

Level of Community Transmission in Dubuque County Graphic

Level of Community Transmission in Dubuque County (MODERATE) and other Iowa Counties, Time Period July 19-25.

184 More Completed Vaccinations and 32 New Positive Individuals, and 2 Deaths Since July 21


(July 21 to July 28)


  • Vaccinations Completed: 51,009
     (253 more than July 14)
  • 52.4% of all Dubuque County residents are fully vaccinated
  • As of Friday, July 2364.2% of the County’s total population 12+ has either completed their vaccination series or is currently in the process.
  • Vaccinations Started (1st dose): 2,236

For current information on Dubuque County vaccination opportunities, visit

Dubuque County Residents Fully Vaccinated - 72821


  • 32 new positive individuals since July 21
  • Total positive individuals to date = 13,627

New COVID19 Positive Dubuque County Residents - 72821


  • 74 active cases in Dubuque County (12 more than July 21)

Active COVID19 Cases in Dubuque County - 72821

 Positivity rate based on total positive tests, not individuals.

  • Past 14-day positivity average = 3.9%
  • Past 7-day positivity average = 4.1%

14-day Average of Positive Cases - 72821


  • Dubuque County Residents Hospitalized = 1 as of July 21. (same as July 14)


  • 2 new deaths.
  • Total deaths related to COVID to date = 215
  • Underlying Cause Deaths = 195, Contributing Factor Deaths = 20

For information on local COVID-19 testing options, visit

Please do not reply to this message.  If you have questions, please call 563-556-6200.

For current statewide data, please visit

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