Dubuque County Youth Vaccination Rates Low; 153 New Cases Reported Since Aug. 3, Community Level Returns to Medium
Wednesday, August 10, 2022
Dubuque County Youth Vaccination Rates Low
As reported in today's issue of the Telegraph Herald, youth COVID-19 vaccination rates remain low in Dubuque County as the new school year approaches. This trend is a concern to the Dubuque County Public Health Incident Management Team because it could lead to a surge in new cases when school resumes in several weeks.
The COVID-19 vaccine is recommended for all children ages 6 months and older. Getting children vaccinated against COVID-19 protects them from getting really sick and allows them to attend childcare, school, visits to grandparents, and other activities safely.
Just like adults, children and teens of all ages can:
- Get very sick from COVID-19
- Have both short and long-term health problems
- Spread COVID-19 to others
Children who are vaccinated get protection without risking additional illness from the effects of COVID-19. As a parent or caregiver, protect your child and gain a sense for comfort by getting them vaccinated.
If you have questions about getting your child vaccinated, please talk to your pediatrician or health care provider. For a list of vaccination providers and upcoming walk-in vaccination clinics, visit the sleevesup website. Click on the image below to view a two-page flyer with more information.
153 New Cases Reported Since Aug. 3, Community Level Returns to Medium
- 153* new positive cases reported since Aug. 3.
- Total positive cases/individuals reported to date = 28,430
* Due to the wide availability of at-home rapid tests, the results of which are usually not reported/recorded, it is widely believed that new COVID cases are underreported. The number reported in this update is the number of new cases reported to the Iowa Department of Public Health.
- 10 County Hospitalizations: Today, MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center has 4 inpatients with COVID-19 and UnityPoint Health – Finley Hospital has 6 inpatients hospitalized with COVID for a total of 10 persons hospitalized with COVID in Dubuque County.
Dubuque County COVID-19 Community Level = MEDIUM
CDC Guidance for MEDIUM Community Level:
If you are immunocompromised or high risk for severe disease:
- Talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need to wear a mask and take other precautions (e.g., testing)
- Have a plan for rapid testing if needed (e.g., having home tests or access to testing)
- Talk to your healthcare provider about whether you are a candidate for treatments like oral antivirals, PrEP, and monoclonal antibodies
If you have household or social contact with someone at high risk for severe disease
- consider self-testing to detect infection before contact
- consider wearing a mask when indoors with them
Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and boosters.
Maintain improved ventilation throughout indoor spaces when possible.
Follow CDC recommendations for isolation and quarantine, including getting tested if you are exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19.
* At all levels, people can wear a mask based on personal preference, informed by personal level of risk. People with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask.
COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION LEVEL
Dubuque County COVID-19 Community Transmission Level = HIGH
The CDC's Community Transmission Level is based on the number of new cases per 100,000 population and is used by local healthcare facilities to determine internal protocol and procedures.
- No new deaths reported since June 27.
- Total deaths related to COVID to date = 302
- 65.2% of all county residents are fully vaccinated
- 57.5% of all county residents fully vaccinated have received a booster
Get current information on Dubuque County vaccination opportunities.
Get information on local COVID-19 testing options.
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