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Posted on: May 13, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Local COVID-19 Update, May 13, 2020

377 New Cases and 17 Deaths in Iowa, 32 More Cases and 2 Deaths in Dubuque County

377 New Cases and 17 Deaths in Iowa, 32 More Cases and 2 Deaths in Dubuque County

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) was notified of 377 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Iowa, including 32 additional cases in Dubuque County.  This is the largest single-day increase in cases for Dubuque County and the vast majority of the new cases are related to last week’s targeted testing program which tested approximately 1,450 people. 

  • Iowa now has a total of 13,289 positive cases and Dubuque County has 235.  
  • 17 additional deaths were reported today for Iowa, including two in Dubuque County bringing the state total to 306 and Dubuque County to nine. 
  • As of May 11, 19 Dubuque County residents were hospitalized due to COVID-19 and 75 have recovered or are recovering.  Statewide, 388 Iowans are hospitalized and 5,984 Iowans have recovered. 
  • 3,264 Dubuque County residents have been tested, resulting in a 7.2 percent positive rate.  Statewide, 85,719 Iowans have been tested for a 15.5 percent positive rate. 

For up-to-date information on COVID-19, including an interactive map with county, regional, and long-term care outbreak information, visit For COVID-19 information specific to Dubuque County, visit 

Governor Reynolds Lifts Most Restrictions Statewide

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced today that restrictions on most businesses will be lifted in all of Iowa’s counties, effective 5 a.m. on Friday, May 15. This announcement applies to businesses including salons, barbershops, restaurant dining areas, libraries, race tracks, massage and tattoo establishments, and fitness centers. Some businesses, such as restaurants and fitness centers, will still be required to adhere to 50 percent occupancy limits. Businesses will be issued additional guidance from the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Bars and casinos must remain closed. The proclamation also continues the other ongoing closures and public health measures, including the prohibition on social, community, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events of more than 10 people through May 27, 2020.

The Governor’s proclamation also strongly encourages all vulnerable Iowans, including those with preexisting medical conditions and those older than 65, in all counties of the state to continue to limit their activities outside of their home, including their visits to businesses and other establishments and their participation in gatherings of any size and any purpose.

For details on restrictions for businesses affected by today’s announcement, and additional information, please visit

IDPH COVID-19 Reopening Guidance 

IDPH COVID-19 Reopening Guidance for Businesses That Provide Direct Services to Clients

Summary of “What’s Open, What’s Closed,” prepared by the Dubuque City Attorney’s Office

Dubuque County COVID-19 Video Update 

Today’s video update from the Dubuque County Public Health Incident Management Team includes a review of Dubuque County and statewide numbers, an overview of Governor Reynolds’ proclamation, the importance of continued social distancing, and updates to guidelines from the CDC and IDPH. Watch the video at

Stay Home, Stay Safe, and Take the TestIowa Assessment at  

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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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