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Posted on: August 24, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Local COVID-19 Update, August 24, 2020

Four New Cases in Dubuque County, 428 New Cases and Five Deaths Statewide

Four New Cases in Dubuque County, 428 New Cases and Five Deaths Statewide  

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


  • Dubuque County: 4 new cases. Total confirmed cases to date = 1,903
  • Iowa: 428 new cases. Total confirmed cases to date = 56,585

COVID-19 Cases per 100,000 Population - August 24, 2020 (JPEG)

14-Day COVID-19 Trendline 08-24-2020 (JPEG)


  • Dubuque County: No additional deaths. Total deaths to date = 35 
  • Iowa: 5 additional deaths. Total deaths to date = 1,040


Dubuque County:

  • 39 more individuals tested. Total residents tested to date = 23,023
  • Dubuque County Test Positivity Rate: 14-day average = 6.9%*, average to date = 8.3%.


  • 2.274 more individuals tested. Total Iowa residents tested to date = 597,558
  • Iowa Test Positivity Rate: 14-day average = 8.0%*,  average to date = 9.5%

* The positivity rates are calculated by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). Positive cases are assigned to the date the test was collected.  Because the time between collection and reporting can take several days, trends over time are monitored in addition to a single day. Therefore, the  14-day positivity rate is a preferred indicator of community spread and positivity rate.


  • Dubuque County: Hospitalized = 9 as of Aug. 22. Down one from Aug. 20.
  • Iowa*: Currently hospitalized = 275. Up 15 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 = 6. Total number of recoveries = 1,360
  •  Iowa: New recoveries = 161. Total number of recoveries = 43,650

* 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: No long-term care facility outbreaks.
  • Iowa: 34 outbreaks (one less than yesterday) 

For the most current information on COVID-19, visit For COVID-19 information specific to Dubuque County, visit

Free Local Testing Opportunities

The Dubuque Test Iowa Clinic, operated by Epic Health and Wellness, continues to offer free COVID-19 testing for any Iowan. To be tested at this location, you must first take the Test Iowa assessment at All testing at this location is by appointment, Monday through Thursday. After taking the assessment, appointments can be made by calling 563.583.6595 or scheduled online.

Hartig Drug Company pharmacies and Union Family Pharmacy are also offering free COVID-19 test collection, also by appointment, in Dubuque. This free COVID-19 test collection program is not affiliated with Test Iowa and is implemented in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and eTrueNorth, a laboratory services company focused on enhancing pharmacies’ access to diagnostic laboratory testing.

Test collection sites for this program can be found at The online portal helps patients make test collection appointments. Any individual, regardless of their state of residence, is eligible to test, even if they are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

Please note that advance registration is required and test collection schedules vary by site. To register, or for more information, visit

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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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