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Posted on: October 22, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Local COVID-19 Update, October 22, 2020

Latest White House Task Force Report; 60 New Cases and Record-High Hospitalizations in Dubuque County, 1,401 New Cases and 16 Deaths Statewide

Joint Statement from Mercyone Dubuque Medical Center and UnityPoint Health - Finley Hospital

"As is reflected in recent public health department reports, we are continuing to see an increase in COVID-19 related hospitalizations and people testing positive in Dubuque County and across Iowa, particularly in the last few weeks.

While our hospitals are experiencing the highest level of COVID-19 related hospitalizations since the start of the pandemic, the hospitals are not yet at capacity and remain prepared to care for all those in need. We must act now to lower the transmission rates. It is critical that we work together as a community to take the steps we know can reduce the spread of COVID-19. We continue to encourage community members to wear face coverings, maintain physical distancing, limit group gatherings and practice good hand hygiene and sanitizing to minimize the spread of the virus.

In addition, the timing of this new wave of COVID-19 cases in our community coincides with the annual influenza season. It is more important than ever to get your flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend all people six months and older get flu vaccinations to protect themselves and others from getting influenza.

Hospitals and clinics are safe, and our providers are here to take care of you. It’s important to keep routine appointments and seek treatment for acute medical conditions.

 We need everyone to take this seriously to slow the spread. Together, we can protect ourselves, our families and our neighbors."

Latest White House Task Force Report

The Oct. 18 report from the White House Coronavirus Task Force again lists Iowa, Dubuque County, and Dubuque as red zones.  Dubuque County is one of 49 red zone counties in the state and Dubuque is one of 10 red zone localities.

  • Iowa is in the red zone for cases, indicating 101 or more new cases per 100,000 population last week, with the 8th highest rate in the country. Iowa is in the orange zone for test positivity, indicating a rate between 8.0% and 10.0%, with the 9th highest rate in the country.
  • The following three counties had the highest number of new cases over the last 3 weeks: 1. Polk County, 2. Woodbury County, and 3. Dubuque County. These counties represent 22.6% of new cases in Iowa.
  • 90% of all counties in Iowa have moderate or high levels of community transmission (yellow, orange, or red zones), with 49% having high levels of community transmission (red zone).
  • Iowa had 238 new cases per 100,000 population in the last week, compared to a national average of 117 per 100,000.

Recommendations in the report include:

  • Mitigation efforts must be strengthened in areas with increasing cases and test positivity. These should including mask wearing, physical distancing, hand hygiene, avoiding crowds in public and social gatherings in private, and ensuring flu immunizations.
  • In red and orange counties, both public and private gatherings should be as small as possible and optimally, not extend beyond immediate family.
  • With 26% of nursing homes reporting at least one COVID positive staff member, work with nursing homes to trace exposures of positive staff to decrease introduction of community transmission to nursing homes.
  • In rural communities, highlight the increase in new hospital admissions so residents can do their part to slow the spread.
  • Ensure university students continue their mitigation behaviors to ensure no further outbreaks on or off campus as symptomatic cases and cases identified through surveillance testing decline.
  • Encourage use of retail establishments that are enforcing mitigation efforts.

Read the full report at:

60 New Cases and Record-High Hospitalizations in Dubuque County

1,401 New Cases and 16 Deaths Statewide

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


  • Dubuque County:  60 new cases. Total confirmed cases to date = 4,841 
  • Iowa: 1,401 new cases. Total confirmed cases to date = 111,035


  • Dubuque County: No additional deaths. Total deaths to date = 54 
  • Iowa: 16 additional deaths. Total deaths to date = 1,581

Dubuque County:

  • 247 more individuals tested. Total residents tested to date = 34,935
  • Dubuque County Test Positivity Rate: 14-day average = 14.2%, average to date = 13.9%.  


  • 6,432 more individuals tested. Total Iowa residents tested to date = 918,331
  • Iowa Test Positivity Rate: 14-day average = 9.7%,  average to date = 12.1%


  • Dubuque County:  Hospitalized =  33* as of Oct. 19. (6 more than Oct. 19.)
    Please note: This number is Dubuque County residents only. COVID-19 patients in Dubuque County hospitals who are NOT Dubuque County residents are not reflected in this number.
  • Iowa: Currently hospitalized = 530  (33 more than yesterday.)

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 * = Record high

COVID-19 HospitalizationsSept 22 - Oct 22 2020 (JPG)33 is the highest number to date of Dubuque County residents hospitalized due to COVID-19.


  • Dubuque County: New recoveries = 79. Total number of recoveries = 3,166
  • Iowa: New recoveries = 982. Total number of recoveries = 85,612


  • Dubuque County: 3 long-term care facility outbreaks:
    Luther Manor Communities, Dubuque (8 positive cases, 0 recoveries)
    MercyOne Dyersville Senior Care, Dyersville (35 positive cases, 21 recoveries)
    Sunnycrest Manor, Dubuque (19 positive cases, 17 recoveries)
  • Iowa: 70 outbreaks (2 more than yesterday)
  • For more details, visit

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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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