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Posted on: March 31, 2020

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

73 Additional Cases and Another Death in Iowa

March 31 Video Update
Today’s video update from the Dubuque County Public Health Incident Management Team includes information on the increase in positive COVID-19 cases statewide, local healthcare provider planning and readiness, and details on how long the COVID-19 virus can survive on different surfaces and how you can avoid becoming infected.  Watch the video at

73 Additional Cases and Another Death in Iowa
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 73 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19, for a total of 497 positive cases. There were no additional positive cases announced in Dubuque County.  One death was reported in Muscatine County, a middle-aged (41-60) resident. There has been a total of 6,888 negative tests to date in Iowa. Read the full announcement at 

Stay Safe, Stay Home:  Social/Physical Distancing is Everyone’s Responsibility
“Please remember:  you are not stuck at home, you are safe at home. Please, take only necessary trips. If you need to get outside, that’s encouraged, but there are plenty of county and city parks and recreation areas you can utilize that will allow you to exercise social distancing or spacing. Keep the six-foot rule. -- Dubuque County Board of Supervisors Chairperson Dave Baker

“We continue to urge residents to be a part of the solution and STAY SAFE, STAY HOME,’ as you are able, to help flatten the curve and limit the spread of the Coronavirus. Each of us has a responsibility to this community we call home...  Practice physical distancing when you find you must leave your home for essential supplies or healthcare or to work.” -- Dubuque Mayor Roy D. Buol 

Homemade Mask Donations
If you are making homemade masks to donate to local organizations but do not know which organizations may need them, please contact the Dubuque County Emergency Management Agency at 563.589.4170 to make arrangements for drop-off at the agency facility.  Masks collected by the agency will be provided to organizations upon request.

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Randy Gehl, Public Information Officer

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