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Posted on: November 3, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Local COVID-19 Update, November 3, 2020

'Record numbers of COVID-19 hospitalizations among Dubuque County residents, statewide as virus surges'

'Record numbers of COVID-19 hospitalizations among Dubuque County residents, statewide as virus surges'

Record-high COVID-19 hospitalizations in Dubuque County and statewide are prompting healthcare officials to ask for the public’s cooperation in limiting the surge by following basic guidance such as wearing masks, social distancing in public settings, staying home when ill, practicing good hand hygiene, and avoiding large gatherings.

From today's Telegraph Herald article:

“It’s crucial for the public to understand that the challenges we are facing are very real and urgent,” said Chad Wolbers, Finley’s president and CEO. “UnityPoint Health-Finley Hospital, and the entire UnityPoint Health System, is seeing an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations.”

In a statement, Kay Takes, the president of the Eastern Iowa Region of MercyOne, said MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center is making adjustments due to the increases.

“We are experiencing a resurgence of COVID-19 cases across Iowa and a spike in patients with the virus in our region,” she said. “MercyOne Dubuque is expanding our capacity to care for patients with COVID-19 based on our existing surge plan.”

Read the full article at:

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Dubuque County: 57 New Cases, One Death, Another Long-Term Care Facility Outbreak, and Record-High Hospitalizations

Iowa: 1,561 New Cases, 22 Deaths, and Record-High Hospitalizations

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


  • Dubuque County: 57 new cases. Total confirmed cases to date = 5,973 
  • Iowa: 1,561 new cases. Total confirmed cases to date = 133,294

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  • Dubuque County: 1 additional death. Total deaths to date = 62
  • Iowa: 22 additional deaths. Total deaths to date = 1,756


  • Dubuque County:  Hospitalized =  50* as of Nov. 1. (7 more than Oct. 31.)
    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 = 730* (12 more than yesterday.)
  • For more information, visit
    * = Record high

Dubuque County:

  • 122 more individuals tested. Total residents tested to date = 37,334
  • Test Positivity Rate: 14-day average = 19%, average to date = 16%. 


  • 3,805 more individuals tested. Total Iowa residents tested to date = 988,357
  • Test Positivity Rate: 14-day average = 14.8%, average to date = 13.5%


  • Dubuque County: New recoveries = 107. Total number of recoveries = 3,847
  • Iowa: New recoveries = 1,598. Total number of recoveries = 95,436


  • Dubuque County:  5 long-term care facility outbreaks (1 more than yesterday) with 117 positive cases and 59 recoveries:
    Luther Manor Communities, Dubuque (48 positive cases, 11 recoveries)
    ManorCare Health Services, Dubuque (7 positive cases, 1 recovery)
    MercyOne Dyersville Senior Care, Dyersville (35 positive cases, 28 recoveries)
    Shady Rest Care Center, Cascade (7 positive cases, 2 recoveries)
    Sunnycrest Manor, Dubuque (20 positive cases, 17 recoveries)
  • Iowa: 84 outbreaks (4 more than yesterday) with 2,449 positive cases, 1,031 recoveries, and 856 deaths to date.
  • For more details, visit

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For COVID-19 information specific to Dubuque County, visit

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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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