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July 10, 2020

33,756 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,406 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 805 positive cases and 98 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 739 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

July 9, 2020

IRS Releases Updated Tax Credit Documentation 

  • Publication 5419, New Employer Tax Credits in English and Spanish, is available to help employers understand that tax credits available to them due to the coronavirus pandemic. The one-page document breaks down the details of the Employer Retention Credit and the credits for paid sick and family leave in easy-to-follow charts. Using the document, employers can quickly determine whether they are eligible for the credits, the amount of the credits and which wages apply to the credits.

Iowa Workforce Development Releases Unemployment Claim Data for June 28 - July 4

  • The number of initial claims for this time period was 10,698. Top industries with claims during the time period are: Manufacturing, Self-employed/independent contractor, and Health Care and Social Assistance. Read the full statement.
  • The number of continuing weekly unemployment claims is 135,177, down 8,311 from the previous week (does not include individuals receiving federal payments only).
  • Initial claims data for Dubuque County is 320.
  • Employers or claimants with questions can email Iowa Workforce Development at uiclaimshelp@iwd.iowa.gov or call them at 1-866-239-0843.

33,012 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,392 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 859 positive cases and 98 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 742 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

July 8, 2020

Small Business Administration and Treasury Released Names of Paycheck Protection Program Recipients

  • On Monday the names of all organizations that received Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgivable loans of $150,000 or more were released.
  • The SBA and Treasury also published data for recipients of PPP loans less than $150,000 but did not reveal the names and addresses of those businesses.
  • The list of names is accessible via the SBA Paycheck Protection Program Loan Level Data webpage.

32,343 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,381 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 754 positive cases and 97 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 732 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

July 7, 2020

31,929 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,371 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 725 positive cases and 96 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 725 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

July 6, 2020

Paycheck Protection Program Reopened - New Deadline August 8, 2020

31,656 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,365 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 700 positive cases and 96 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 721 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

 


July 2, 2020

Governor Reynolds Directs $490 Million of CARES Funds into Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund

Iowa Workforce Development Releases Unemployment Claim Data for June 21 - June 27

  • The number of initial claims for this time period was 8,300. Top industries with claims during the time period are: Manufacturing, Self-employed/independent contractor, and Health Care and Social Assistance. Read the full statement.
  • The number of continuing weekly unemployment claims is 143,488, down 10,283 from the previous week (does not include individuals receiving federal payments only).
  • Initial claims data for Dubuque County is 285.
  • Employers or claimants with questions can email Iowa Workforce Development at uiclaimshelp@iwd.iowa.gov or call them at 1-866-239-0843.

29,966 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,338 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 579 positive cases and 95 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 717 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

July 1, 2020

29,290 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,311 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 529 positive cases and 91 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 717 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

June 30, 2020

Safe at Work in Greater Dubuque Resources Updated

  • Includes updated links for testing, contact tracing, EEOC laws, and OSHA reopening guidance. greaterdubuque.org/safe

28,941 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,299 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 505 positive cases and 89 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 712 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

June 29, 2020

Centers for Disease Control Releases New Guidance for Financial Institutions

28,728 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,281 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 501 positive cases and 86 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 707 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

June 27, 2020

27,935 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,270 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 493 positive cases and 86 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 704 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

June 26, 2020

Governor Reynolds Extends State Public Health Emergency Declaration

  • The proclamation extends the public health mitigation measures that are currently in place, including the requirement to maintain social distancing in bars, restaurants, movie theaters, and similar venues. And it extends many of the regulatory relief measures previously implemented. The extension goes through July 25th Read the full proclamation.

Iowa Workforce Development Announces Increase to Unemployment and Injury Benefits

  • The increase is to the amount of maximum weekly benefits paid to unemployed Iowans and to workers injured on the job. The new benefit payment schedules apply to individuals who file new unemployment insurance claims for the week beginning July 5, 2020, and to workers injured on or after July 1, 2020. Individuals currently receiving benefits from state or federal programs will continue to receive the same weekly benefit amount. Read more.

Iowa Small Business Relief Grant Third Phase -  Rounds 33 Notifications Sent

  • Another phase of Iowa Small Business Relief Grant award notifications were sent June 23rd. Applicants receiving a grant award received notification and instructions via email. Learn more. 

27,555 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,253 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 486 positive cases and 86 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 701 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

June 25, 2020

COVID-19 FAQs Updated

  • Additional information on Safe at Work in Greater Dubuque, EEOC guidance on screening and testing, and updates to emergency funding. 

Iowa Department of Education Releases Guidance for Schools Resuming Activities July 1

  • The department released guidance in partnership with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) as a resource for administrators to determine how to safely open districts and nonpublic schools and resume all school activities starting July 1. This guidance outlines health and safety requirements, illness reporting procedures and school district closure authority if the Governor proclaims a public health disaster. 

Northeast Iowa Community College and Partners Host Webinar on Tuesday, July 7th

  • The free webinar "COVID-19 Recovery,Revenue and Safe at Work Planning" will feature speakers from Greater Dubuque Development, UnityPoint Health Visiting Nurse Association, Northeast Iowa Community College, and Iowa State University CIRAS. Learn more and register. 

Iowa Workforce Development Releases Unemployment Claim Data for June 14 - June 20

  • The number of initial claims for this time period was 8,542. Top industries with claims during the time period are: Manufacturing, Self-employed/independent contractor, and Health Care and Social Assistance. Read the full statement.
  • The number of continuing weekly unemployment claims is 153,771, down 981 from the previous week (does not include individuals receiving federal payments only).
  • Initial claims data for Dubuque County is 194.
  • Employers or claimants with questions can email Iowa Workforce Development at uiclaimshelp@iwd.iowa.gov or call them at 1-866-239-0843.

27,062 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,235 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 471 positive cases and 82 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 694 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

June 24, 2020

Main Street Lending Program Expanded for Small- and Medium-sized Businesses

  • This Main Street Lending Program is designed to help credit flow to small and medium-sized businesses that were in sound financial condition before the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, but now need loans to help maintain their operations until they have recovered from, or adapted to, the impacts of the pandemic.
  • Loans originated under the program have several features that will help businesses facing challenges. The program offers 5-year loans, with floating rates, and principal and interest payments deferred to assist businesses facing temporary cash flow interruptions.
  • The loans range in size from $250,000 to $300 million. Main Street loans are not grants and cannot be forgiven. Review Information for Borrowers to review terms, and contact your lender to determine if they will be participating in the program and to apply. Several Greater Dubuque Area financial institutions are participating in this program.
     

June 23, 2020

26,343 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,213 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 452 positive cases and 78 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 688 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

June 22, 2020

26,048 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,207 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 417 positive cases and 78 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 686 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

June 19, 2020

Centers for Disease Control Releases Guidance for Casinos ad Gaming Operations

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Issues Reopening Guidance

25,127 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,167 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 402 positive cases and 77 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 680 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

Safe at Work in Greater Dubuque Resources Updated


June 18, 2020

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Releases Information on Laws Related to COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Posted an updated and expanded technical assistance publication addressing questions arising under the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Laws related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  
  • The new question added to the publication, “What You Should Know About COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws” explains that in light of current CDC Interim Guidelines, the ADA at this time does not allow employers to require antibody testing before allowing employees to re-enter the workplace. 
    • Please note that an antibody test is different from a test to determine if someone has an active case of COVID-19 (i.e., a viral test).  The EEOC has already stated that COVID-19 viral tests may be permissible under the ADA. 
  • In response to inquiries from the public, the EEOC has provided resources on its website related to the pandemic in an employment context.  The agency will continue to monitor developments and provide assistance to the public as needed.
     

Iowa Workforce Development Releases Unemployment Claim Data for June 7 - June 13

  • The number of initial claims for this time period was 9,516. Top industries with claims during the time period are: Manufacturing, Self-employed/independent contractor, and Health Care and Social Assistance. Read the full statement.
  • The number of continuing weekly unemployment claims is 154,752, down 3,516 from the previous week (does not include individuals receiving federal payments only).
  • Initial claims data for Dubuque County is 269.
  • Employers or claimants with questions can email Iowa Workforce Development at uiclaimshelp@iwd.iowa.gov or call them at 1-866-239-0843.

24,735 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,157 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 396 positive cases and 77 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 677 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

June 17, 2020

Small Business Administration Releases Revised PPP Loan Forgiveness Application

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, posted a revised, borrower-friendly Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiveness application implementing the PPP Flexibility Act of 2020;
  • In addition to revising the full forgiveness application, SBA also published a new EZ version of the forgiveness application that applies to borrowers that:
    • Are self-employed and have no employees; OR
    • Did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%, and did not reduce the number or hours of their employees; OR
    • Experienced reductions in business activity as a result of health directives related to COVID-19, and did not reduce the salaries or wages of their employees by more than 25%.
  • Both applications give borrowers the option of using the original 8-week covered period (if their loan was made before June 5, 2020) or an extended 24-week covered period.  These changes will result in a more efficient process and make it easier for businesses to realize full forgiveness of their PPP loan. Forgiveness applications are available here: https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/cares/assistance-for-small-businesses Please contact your lender for specific guidance on completing the loan forgiveness application. 

Iowa Small Business Relief Grant Third Phase -  Rounds 30 & 31 Notifications Sent

  • Another phase of Iowa Small Business Relief Grant award notifications were sent June 12th and 16th. Applicants receiving a grant award received notification and instructions via email. Learn more. 

24,380 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,122 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 393 positive cases and 74 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 670 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

June 16, 2020

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program Reopened through June 30th

  • On June 15, SBA began accepting new Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance applications from qualified small businesses and U.S. agricultural businesses.
  • Small business owners and qualified agricultural businesses are currently eligible to apply for a low-interest loan due to COVID-19. Learn more

    Agricultural businesses are now eligible as a result of the latest round of funds appropriated by Congress in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • Agricultural businesses includes businesses engaged in the production of food and fiber, ranching, and raising of livestock, aquaculture, and all other farming and agricultural related industries.
  • SBA is encouraging all eligible agricultural businesses with 500 or fewer employees wishing to apply to begin preparing their business financial information needed for their application.

24,161 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,122 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 389 positive cases and 74 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 661 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.  

June 15, 2020

New and Revised Guidance on Paycheck Protection Program

  • On June 12th, the Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, issued new and revised guidance for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  This guidance implements the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA) and expands eligibility for businesses with owners who have past felony convictions.
  • As described in detail in our June 5 update, the new rule updates provisions relating to loan maturity, deferral of loan payments, and forgiveness provisions.
  • SBA issued revised PPP application forms (Borrower form, Lender Form) to conform to these changes.  SBA will issue additional guidance regarding loan forgiveness and a revised forgiveness application to implement the PPPFA in the near future.

24,041 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,113 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 385 positive cases and 71 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 652 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.  

June 12, 2020

23,166 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,087 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 380 positive cases and 69 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 641 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

June 11, 2020

Iowa Workforce Development Releases Unemployment Claim Data for May 31 - June 6

  • The number of initial claims for this time period was 10,112. Top industries with claims during the time period are: Manufacturing, Self-employed/independent contractor, and Health Care and Social Assistance. Read the full statement.
  • The number of continuing weekly unemployment claims is 159,966, down 2,596 from the previous week (does not include individuals receiving federal payments only).
  • Initial claims for Dubuque County is 330.
  • Employers or claimants with questions can email Iowa Workforce Development at uiclaimshelp@iwd.iowa.gov or call them at 1-866-239-0843.

22,785 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,065 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 375 positive cases and 65 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 638 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

Governor Reynolds Announces More Easing of Restrictions, Starting Friday

  • The proclamation includes lifting the 50% capacity restrictions for businesses, although Reynolds is asking certain businesses like restaurants, bars, and movie theaters to ensure customers and employees maintain the recommended six feet of social distancing. The proclamation still encourages all vulnerable Iowans, in all counties, to continue to limit their activities outside of the home. Read the proclamation.

June 10, 2020

Dubuque County Board of Health Adopts "Mask of Wellness"

  • The Mask of Wellness initiative is intended to boost consumer and employee confidence knowing an employer is following three basic COVID-19 prevention practices: wearing masks, practicing good hygiene (washing hands, cleaning and sanitizing, and social distancing), and performing daily health self-certification of employees.
  • Employers can sign up to be included on the site, based on the honor system. Customers can refer to the directory to see participating employers. 

22,454 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,046 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 372 positive cases and 62 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 629 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

June 9, 2020

22,179 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 1,973 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 372 positive cases and 62 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 622 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

June 8, 2020

21,919 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 1,972 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 365 positive cases and 62 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 606 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

June 5, 2020

Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act passed to help recipients

  • The bill amends the PPP and provides recipients with more flexibility. Important updates include:
    • The loan forgiveness period has increased from eight weeks to 24 weeks
    • The 75% payroll/25% non-payroll requirement for loan forgiveness has been changed to 60/40
    • The Loan Repayment Period has increased from two years to five years
    • Allows payroll tax deferral for PPP recipients
    • Extends the June 30th rehiring deadline to December 31, 2020
  • Learn more or call the Small Business Helpline at 563-588-3350 

Free Webinar on June 17th, "Return to the Office"

  • Webinar hosted by the Telegraph Herald brings together local experts to talk about the legal, medical, and operational best practices. Register or learn more on our Safe at Work in Greater Dubuque page. 

21,093 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 1,917 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 356 positive cases and 60 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 589 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

June 4, 2020

Iowa Workforce Development Releases Unemployment Claim Data for May 24 - May 30

  • The number of initial claims for this time period was 6,920. Top industries with claims during the time period are: Manufacturing, Health Care and Social Assistance, and Self-employed/independent contractor. Read the full statement.
  • The number of continuing weekly unemployment claims is 165,195, down 13,000 from the previous week (does not include individuals receiving federal payments only).
  • Initial claims for Dubuque County is 204.
  • Employers or claimants with questions can email Iowa Workforce Development at uiclaimshelp@iwd.iowa.gov or call them at 1-866-239-0843.

20,706 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 1,907 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 354 positive cases and 60 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 578 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

June 3, 2020

20,012 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 1,876 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 350 positive cases and 57 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 564 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

June 2, 2020

Iowa Economic Development Authority Releases Reopening Guidance

19,952 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 1,875 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 350 positive cases and 57 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 558 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

June 1, 2020

19,688 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 1,869 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 346 positive cases and 56 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 538 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

Iowa Small Business Relief Grant Third Phase -  Rounds 24 & 25 Notifications Sent

  • Last week, another phase of Iowa Small Business Relief Grant award notifications were sent. Applicants receiving a grant award received notification and instructions via email. Learn more.


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