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Posted on: December 29, 2021

[ARCHIVED] December 29 Weekly Dubuque County COVID-19 Update

305 New Positive Individuals and 3 Deaths Since Dec. 22

COVID-19 Countywide Response

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

305 New Positive Individuals and 3 Deaths Since Dec. 22

Omicron Estimated at 3% of County Cases

As of today, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) estimates 3% of all positive covid-19 cases in Dubuque County throughout the month of December are Omicron. The other 97% are Delta. This estimation comes from sequencing, or sampling, a certain number of COVID-19 positive tests during the month and estimates the amount of Omicron in Dubuque County.

COVID Testing over the Holidays

While supply issues for the self-administered COVID tests sold at some pharmacies and retailers may be an issue, there is no shortage of the self-administered, free, Test Iowa kits available at 15 locations in Dubuque County. Please check with locations before visiting to verify their hours of operation over the holiday weekend.
View a complete list of pick-up locations for Test Iowa test kits, free in-person testing, and rapid testing options available, as well as contact information for providers,

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the State Hygienic Lab's holiday hours this weekend, some Test Iowa results may be delayed.

Dec. 29 Video Update

Today's video update from the Dubuque County Public Health Incident Management Team includes a review of local metrics, a review and explanation of the CDC's revised guidance on isolation and quarantine, and some timely advice on risk factors associated with gatherings around the New Year's holiday.  Watch the video now.

Video Update - December 29



(Dec. 22 - Dec. 29)


  • 305 new positive individuals since Dec. 22. 
  • Total positive individuals to date = 20,583

New COVID-19 Positive Dubuque County Residents 12-29-21 (JPG)

Dubuque County Positive Tests by Age Group 12-29-2021 (JPG)


  • 31 County Hospitalizations:  Today, MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center has 19 inpatients with COVID-19 and UnityPoint Health – Finley Hospital has 12 for a total of 31 people hospitalized with COVID in Dubuque County.  Please note: This count is NOT limited to Dubuque County residents and may include area residents from outside Dubuque County.
  • Statewide, 711 Iowans are hospitalized with COVID, 36 less than last Wednesday.  80.6% of those currently hospitalized due to COVID and 83% of those in ICU due to COVID are unvaccinated individuals. Details at

Dubuque County Hospitalizations with COVID-19 12-29-21 (JPEG)


  • 1,497 active cases in Dubuque County. (155 less than Dec. 22)

Active COVID-19 Cases in Dubuque County 12-29-21 (JPG)


  • 3 new deaths since Dec. 22.
  • Total deaths related to COVID to date = 263
  • Underlying Cause Deaths = 240, Contributing Factor Deaths = 23


  • The CDC continues to rate Dubuque County at the HIGH level of community transmission of COVID-19.
  • 7-Day New Case Rate per 100K Population = 323.7 (+83.23 from previous 7 days)
  • Percent Positivity (last 7 days) = 13.03 (-2.25% change in last 7 days)


  • 61.8% of all Dubuque County residents are fully vaccinated
  • 65.9% of all Dubuque County residents age 5+ are fully vaccinated
  • 47.9% of all county residents fully vaccinated have received a booster dose
  • Vaccinations Completed: 60,133
  • Vaccinations Started (1st dose): 3,617

For current information on Dubuque County vaccination opportunities, visit or call 563-690-MAKE(6253).

The CDC and FDA are operating a Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).  To report a reaction or view data, visit

Dubuque County Residents Fully Vaccinated 12-29-2021

For information on local COVID-19 testing options, visit

Please do not reply to this message.  If you have questions, please call 563-556-6200.

For current statewide data, please visit

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