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Posted on: August 26, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Local COVID-19 Update, August 26, 2020

14 New Cases and One Death in Dubuque County, 863 New Cases and 13 Deaths Statewide

Video Update: Complacency & Numbness to News on COVID-19

Yesterday’s video update from the Dubuque County Public Health Incident Management Team can be viewed at The update includes a summary of data as well as a review of all that has happened since March and how it has shaped where we are now and the importance of NOT becoming complacent with efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our county and communities.

14 New Cases and One Death in Dubuque County, 863 New Cases and 13 Deaths Statewide  

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


  • Dubuque County: 14 new cases. Total confirmed cases to date = 1,929
  • Iowa: 863 new cases. Total confirmed cases to date = 58,019


  • Dubuque County: 1 additional death. Total deaths to date = 36
  • Iowa: 13 additional deaths. Total deaths to date = 1,062

COVID-19 New Cases 14-day Trendline 08-26-2020 (JPEG)


Dubuque County:

  • 101 more individuals tested. Total residents tested to date = 23,253
  • Dubuque County Test Positivity Rate: 14-day average = 6.8%*, average to date = 8.3%.


  • 6,100 more individuals tested. Total Iowa residents tested to date = 607,535
  • Iowa Test Positivity Rate: 14-day average = 8.4%*,  average to date = 9.5%

COVID-19 Testing 14-day Trendline 08-26-2020 (JPEG)

COVID-19 Hospitalizations July 1 - Aug 26 2020 (JPEG)


  • Dubuque County: Hospitalized = 9 as of Aug.24 (same as Aug. 23).
  • Iowa*: Currently hospitalized = 313. Up 18 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 = 29. Total number of recoveries = 1,434
  •  Iowa: New recoveries = 513. Total number of recoveries = 44,870

* 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

Hashtag MaskUpDBQCounty (JPEG)

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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