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Posted on: May 19, 2020

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

394 New Cases and 17 Deaths in Iowa, 12 More Cases and Additional Death in Dubuque County

394 New Cases and 17 Deaths in Iowa, 12 More Cases and Additional Death in Dubuque County

As of 3:30 p.m. today, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) was notified of 394 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Iowa, including 12 additional cases in Dubuque County.

  • Iowa now has a total of 15,349 positive cases and Dubuque County has 288.
  • 17 additional deaths were reported for Iowa, bringing the state total to 372. One additional death was reported for Dubuque County, bringing the county total to 11.
  • As of May 18, 17 Dubuque County residents were hospitalized due to COVID-19 and 134 have recovered or are recovering. Statewide, 7,324 Iowans have recovered.
  • 3,849 Dubuque County residents have been tested, resulting in a 7.5 percent positive rate. Statewide, 107,648 Iowans have been tested for a 14.3 percent positive rate.
  • Dubuque County has 297 positive cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 population. When compared to Iowa’s 99 other counties, Dubuque County has 22nd highest positive cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 population but has the eighth highest population (96,802). (Five counties are over 2,000 cases per 100,000 population.)

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

Today’s Video Update

Today’s video update from the Dubuque County Public Health Incident Management Team was filmed at 2:30 p.m. and includes details on today’s case counts, information on changes in data/reporting on the IDPH website, and an explanation of serology testing. Watch the video at

Dubuque County Epi Curve

The epidemiological curve, or "epi curve," below shows the onset of COVID-19 in Dubuque County over time, as of May 19. To learn more about this and Dubuque County’s public health response to the pandemic, watch the presentation given to the Dubuque City Council at their May 18 meeting at:…

Dubuque County Epi Curve

Positive Cases of COVID-19 in Dubuque County, March 10 - May 19.

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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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