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Posted on: November 19, 2020

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

Dubuque County: 177 New Cases, 84 Recoveries, and 2 Deaths. 3,244 Active Cases.
Iowa: 4,193 New Cases, 1,489 Recoveries, 38 Deaths

Dubuque County: 177 New Cases, 84 Recoveries, and 2 Deaths. 3,244 Active Cases.
Iowa: 4,193 New Cases, 1,489 Recoveries, 38 Deaths

Thanksgiving Considerations

 Thanksgiving is a week away and many people are wondering how to safely celebrate this holiday.  As cases continue to increase rapidly across Iowa and the United States, celebrating virtually or with the people you live with is the safest choice this Thanksgiving.

Gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu.

 If you choose to attend a gathering, make your celebration safer. In addition to following the steps that everyone can take to make Thanksgiving safer, take these additional steps if attending a Thanksgiving gathering:

  • Bring your own food, drinks, plates, cups, and utensils.
  • Wear a mask and safely store your mask while eating and drinking.
  • Avoid going in and out of the areas where food is being prepared or handled, such as in the kitchen.
  • Use single-use options, like salad dressing and condiment packets, and disposable items like food containers, plates, and utensils.

For more guidance from the CDC, including how to host a gathering in the safest way, please visit

Governor Issues New Proclamation Modifying Public Health Measures

Yesterday, Gov. Reynolds signed a new Public Health Disaster proclamation that modifies existing public health measures to provide clarity and simplify the measures applicable to recreational activities and fitness centers. For more information, visit

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


  • Dubuque County: 177 new cases. Total confirmed cases to date = 8,269
  • Iowa: 4,193 new cases. Total confirmed cases to date = 198,687


Dubuque County: 3,244 active cases (91 more than yesterday)

Active Cases in Dubuque County Oct 19-Nov 19.  91 percent increase. (JPG)


  • Dubuque County: 2 additional deaths. Total deaths to date = 88
  • Iowa: 38 additional deaths. Total deaths to date = 2,102


  • Dubuque County Residents Hospitalized =  51 as of Nov. 17. (5 less than Nov. 16.)
  • Iowans Currently hospitalized = 1,516 (11 less than yesterday.) 


  • Dubuque County: New recoveries = 84. Total number of recoveries = 4,937
  • Iowa: New recoveries = 1,489. Total number of recoveries = 112,779


  • Dubuque County: 4 long-term care facility outbreaks (same as yesterday) with 101 positive cases (same as yesterday) and 34 recoveries (same as yesterday):
    - Dubuque Specialty Care, Dubuque (6 positive cases, 2 recoveries)
    - Luther Manor Communities, Dubuque (76 positive cases, 25 recoveries)
    - ManorCare Health Services, Dubuque (12 positive cases, 5 recoveries)
     - Shady Rest Care Center, Cascade (7 positive cases, 2 recoveries)
  • Iowa: 94 outbreaks (same as yesterday) with 2,830 positive cases, 1,438 recoveries, and 972 deaths to date.

    * At 11 a.m. today, Gov. Reynolds announced than an additional 20 long-term care facility outbreaks across the state will be reported this afternoon.

Dubuque County:

  • 391 more individuals tested. Total residents tested to date = 41,742
  • Test Positivity Rate: 14-day average = 23.1%, average to date = 19.8%.


  • 10,438 more individuals tested. Total Iowa residents tested to date = 1,133,913
  • Test Positivity Rate: 14-day average = 22.1%, average to date = 17.5%

For the most current information on COVID-19, visit

 For COVID-19 information specific to Dubuque County, visit

General Guidelines (JPG)

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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