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Posted on: May 4, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Local COVID-19 Update, May 4, 2020

534 New Cases and Four Deaths in Iowa, 16 More Cases in Dubuque County

534 New Cases and Four Deaths in Iowa, 16 More Cases in Dubuque County

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) was notified of 534 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Iowa, including 16 additional cases in Dubuque County.  Iowa now has a total of 9,703 positive cases and Dubuque County has 152.   

  • Four additional deaths were reported today for Iowa, bringing the state total to 188. Statewide, 389 Iowans are hospitalized.
  • 25 Dubuque County residents who tested positive have recovered.  Statewide, 3,486 Iowans are recovering.
  • 1,559 Dubuque County residents have been tested to date, with 1,407 of those test results being negative for an 9.7% positive testing rate. 57,161 tests have been conducted statewide and 47,458 were negative for a 17% positive testing rate. 

The number of positive cases is expected to increase significantly over the as  the high volume of tests taken this week are processed. For up-to-date information on COVID-19, including an interactive map with county, regional, and long-term care outbreak information, visit For COVID-19 information specific to Dubuque County, visit   

Targeted COVID-19 Testing in Dubuque This Week  

The Dubuque County Public Health Incident Management Team, under direction from the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), will conduct targeted COVID-19 testing this week for long-term care facilities and individuals identified through contract tracing as having possible exposure to positive COVID-19 patients in Dubuque County.  

The targeted testing planned for this week in Dubuque County is NOT open to the public. This is NOT a community testing program nor is it related to the Test Iowa program.  Local officials have made multiple requests for a Test Iowa site and state strike team testing in Dubuque, but the State of Iowa was unable to grant those requests at this time.  Local officials will continue to work with state officials to pursue community testing for Dubuque County.

Approximately 1,000 Dubuque County residents are expected to be tested through this targeted testing program from Wednesday through Friday this week at several locations. This targeted testing will include staff from long-term care facilities in Dubuque County and Dubuque County residents already identified through contact tracing related to confirmed COVID-19 cases will be contacted by the Dubuque Visiting Nurses Association and appointments will be scheduled for them to be tested.  

Test kits will be provided by the IDPH and testing will be conducted by staff from local healthcare providers. There will be no testing cost for residents. Dubuque County will cover the staffing and location costs associated with the testing.

May 4 County Board of Supervisors & Board of Health Meeting 

An update on the Dubuque County COVID-19 response was given to the Dubuque County Board of Supervisors and the Dubuque County Board of Health at 10 a.m. this morning (Monday, May 4).  You can watch the meeting at 

Stay Home, Stay Safe, and Take the TestIowa Assessment at  

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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