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Posted on: May 20, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Local COVID-19 Update, May 20, 2020

246 New Cases and 13 Deaths in Iowa, 8 More Cases in Dubuque County

246 New Cases and 13 Deaths in Iowa, 8 More Cases in Dubuque County

Since yesterday’s Dubuque County update, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) was notified of 246 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Iowa, including 8 additional cases in Dubuque County.

  • As of 2 p.m. today, Iowa had a total of 15,595 positive cases and Dubuque County had 295.
  • 13 additional deaths were reported for Iowa, bringing the state total to 385. Dubuque County’s total remains at 11.
  • As of May 19, 15 Dubuque County residents were hospitalized due to COVID-19 and 136 have recovered or are recovering. Statewide, 346 Iowans are hospitalized and 8,006 Iowans have recovered.
  • 3,944 Dubuque County residents have been tested, resulting in a 7.5 percent positive rate. Statewide, 111,003 Iowans have been tested for a 14 percent positive rate.
  • There are currently COVID-19 outbreaks at 37 long-term care facilities in Iowa, including one in Dubuque County at Dubuque Specialty Care,which has 46 positive cases and 10 recovered cases. Statewide, there are 1,493 positive cases at long-term care facilities.

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

PLEASE NOTE:  Due to planned maintenance from 6:00 a.m. Saturday, May 23, through 6:00 am Monday, May 25, the IDPH Case Counts Dashboard will not reflect accurate counts during the maintenance period. All Case Counts will be brought up to date by 6:00 a.m. Monday, May 25.

Governor’s New Proclamation Lifts More Restrictions

Today, Governor Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the Public Health Disaster Emergency. The proclamation permits summer school activities, including baseball and softball, to resume on June 1. And effective this Friday, May 22, movie theaters, zoos, aquariums, museums, and wedding reception venues will be permitted to reopen with appropriate public health measures in place. Swimming pools will also be permitted to reopen for lap swimming and swimming lessons.

Governor Reynolds also announced that next Thursday, May 28, bars and other alcohol-related establishments that have been limited to carryout and delivery will be permitted to reopen for indoor or outdoor seating. These establishments will follow the same public health measures that restaurants have been implementing for the past several weeks.

The proclamation also provides additional regulatory relief to those affected by this disaster and continues to strongly encourages all vulnerable Iowans, including those with preexisting medical conditions and those older than 65, in all counties of the state to continue to limit their activities outside of their home, including their visits to businesses and other establishments and their participation in gatherings of any size and any purpose. Read the full proclamation here:

Today’s Video Update

Today’s video update from the Dubuque County Public Health Incident Management Team includes a review of case counts and other statistics, details on Governor Reynolds’ proclamation, a review of restrictions still in place, and new details on accessing Test Iowa and testing sites. Watch the video at

testiowa - Assess Test Track.  Get tested for COVID.19.

For more information on Test Iowa, visit or call 515-575-2131 or 844-844-1561.

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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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