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Posted on: October 31, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Local COVID-19 Update, October 31, 2020

Dubuque County: 123 New Cases and One Death; Iowa: 2,834 New Cases, 9 Deaths, and Record-High Hospitalizations and Long-Term Care Facility Outbreaks; Tips for Voters

Dubuque County: 123 New Cases and One Death

Iowa:  2,834 New Cases, 9 Deaths, and Record-High Hospitalizations and Long-Term Care Facility Outbreaks

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


  • Dubuque County: 123 new cases. Total confirmed cases to date = 5,704 
  • Iowa: 2,834 new cases. Total confirmed cases to date = 127,445

14-Day COVID-19 Trendline New Cases 10-31 (JPG)


  • Dubuque County: 1 additional death. Total deaths to date = 59
  • Iowa: 9 additional deaths. Total deaths to date = 1,715


  • Dubuque County:  Hospitalized =  33 as of Oct. 29. (3 more than Oct. 28.)
    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 = 630* (24 more than yesterday.)

For more information, visit

 * = Record high

COVID-19 Hospitalizations Oct 1-31 2020 (JPG)

Dubuque County:

  • 225 more individuals tested. Total residents tested to date = 36,791
  • Test Positivity Rate: 14-day average = 18%, average to date = 15.5%.  


  • 7,778 more individuals tested. Total Iowa residents tested to date = 972,044
  • Test Positivity Rate: 14-day average = 13.4%, average to date = 13.1%

COVID-19 Positivity Rate Oct 1-31 2020 (JPG)

COVID-19 Testing Oct 1-31 2020 (JPG)


  • Dubuque County: New recoveries = 41. Total number of recoveries = 3,694
  • Iowa: New recoveries = 888. Total number of recoveries = 93,189


  • Dubuque County: 4 long-term care facility outbreaks:
    Luther Manor Communities, Dubuque (45 positive cases, 11 recoveries) 
    MercyOne Dyersville Senior Care, Dyersville (35 positive cases, 27 recoveries)
    Sunnycrest Manor, Dubuque (20 positive cases, 17 recoveries)
     Shady Rest Care Center, Cascade (7 positive cases, 2 recoveries)
  • Iowa: 81* outbreaks (5 more than yesterday)
  • For more details, visit
     * = Record high

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

Tips for Voters to Reduce Spread of COVID-19

There are steps you can take to help you vote and minimize your risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. The more prepared you are, the less time you may have to spend at the voting site. When voting, you can protect yourself and others if you:

  • avoid close contact: try to stay at least 6 feet apart of other people, especially those not wearing a mask
  • wear a mask around others
  • take care when touching surfaces and wash your hands often or, if not possible, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol

For additional information, visit

 If you or a family member are in quarantine or isolation and concerned about being able to vote safely in the next few days, please contact the Iowa Secretary of State's Office at (888) 767-8683.

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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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