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Posted on: August 17, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Local COVID-19 Update, August 17, 2020

11 New Cases in Dubuque County, 311 New Cases and 4 Deaths Statewide

11 New Cases in Dubuque County, 311 New Cases and 4 Deaths Statewide  

(11 a.m. yesterday to 11 a.m. today): 


  • Dubuque County: 11 new cases. Total confirmed cases to date = 1,807
  • Iowa: 311 new cases. Total confirmed cases to date = 52,617

14-Day COVID-19 Trendline 08-17-2020 (JPEG)


  • Dubuque County: No additional deaths. Total deaths to date = 31
  • Iowa: 4 additional deaths. Total deaths to date = 979


Dubuque County:

  • 90 more individuals tested. Total residents tested to date = 21,961
  • Test Positivity Rate: Yesterday = 7.7% , 14-day average = 10.2%, average to date = 8.2%      


  • 2,543 more individuals tested. Total Iowa residents tested to date = 561,224
  •  Test Positivity Rate: Yesterday = 11.8%, 14-day average = 7.3%,  average to date = 9.4% 

* The positivity rate is the percentage of COVID-19 tests that come back positive. Please note that, due to the time it takes to process test results, the number of new positive cases reported and the number of tests processed that are reported daily may not correspond with the previous day’s positivity rate.


  • Dubuque County: Hospitalized = 13 as of Aug. 15, down two from Aug. 16.
  • Iowa*: Currently hospitalized = 283. Up 12 from yesterday

*NOTE: Due to severe weather conditions on August 10, 2020, some Iowans being treated for COVID-19 in a long-term care facility or at home may be transferred to a hospital or other health care facility for temporary treatment due to damage to their place of residence. This may cause hospitalization data or other data on the site to fluctuate in the short term.


  • Dubuque County: New recoveries = 7. Total number of recoveries = 1,209
  •  Iowa: New recoveries = 197. Total number of recoveries = 40,690

* A positive COVID-19 patient is considered recovered if it has been at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared, they have gone at least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication, and symptoms have improved.


  • Dubuque County: 1 outbreak (Luther Manor Grand Meadows, Asbury) with 3 positive cases and one recovery (same as yesterday)
  • Iowa: 31 outbreaks (two more than yesterday) 

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