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January 19, 2021

Centers for Disease Control Releases Updated Guidance on Vaccination

As vaccine supply increases, Dubuque and its employers should consider how to create the most efficient system possible for informing and vaccinating our workforce.  The Centers for Disease Control  and Prevention has begun to develop and share materials and best practices that communities and employers might use in this important effort .  

You may also want to review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) put out by the CDC.


January 14, 2021

Iowa Workforce Development Releases Unemployment Claim Data for January 3 - January 9, 2021

  • The number of initial claims for this time period was 7,638, a decrease of 217 from last week’s adjusted numbers. Top industries with claims during the time period are: Construction, Manufacturing, and Industry Not Available/Self-employed. Read the full statement.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor adjusted last week’s initial claim number to 7,855 (a decrease of 381) and continuing claims to 43,165 (a decrease of 736 for a total decrease of 1,117 overall).  
  • Initial claims data for Dubuque County is 240.
  • Employers or claimants with questions can email Iowa Workforce Development at uiclaimshelp@iwd.iowa.gov or call them at 1-866-239-0843.

January 12, 2021

Next Safe at Work Webinar to be Held January 21st

  • Thursday, January 21st from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. Register here. 
  • Mary McGraw and Marc Schneider, CIRAS Industry Disaster Management Team members, will discuss current information about the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine and issues that may affect Iowa employers and manufacturers.
    • National and statewide vaccine information
    • Anticipated vaccine availability for your workforce
    • How to support your workforce’s access to the vaccine and the process
    • Human resources policies and procedures that should be reviewed and implemented in preparation for the vaccine
    • Whether you can require your workforce to be vaccinated, and what happens if someone refuses
    • Recommended vaccination policies for visitors and contractors to your site
  • Other Topics of Discussion
    • Updates on Local, State and Federal Assistance Programs: Jay Wickham, SBDC
    • CARES Act Updates (if available)
    • Northeast Iowa Community College Updates: Wendy Mihm-Herold, Ph.D.    
  • The COVID-19 Business Helpline is available to assist and answer questions about any of the programs below. Call the COVID-19 Business Helpline at 563-588-3350 between 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday, or email at sbhelpline@nicc.edu.    

Changes to the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA)

  • The FFCRA provided a refundable payroll tax credit for mandated paid sick and family leave. The new bill does not extend the FFCRA's mandate to provide paid sick leave and/or emergency family leave. However, employers may voluntarily provide paid sick leave or emergency family leave under the FFCRA and take the tax credit associated with the leave. To be eligible for the tax credit beyond December 31, 2020, employers must provide leave to employees in compliance with the provisions of the FFCRA. The FFCRA includes specific requirements for permissible reasons for leave and requires supporting documentation in order to qualify for the employer tax credit. The tax credit, even in this limited and extended circumstance, expires on March 31, 2021.
  • The Department of Labor has developed a Frequently Asked Questions site that we recommend interested employers review.

January 11, 2021

Financial Relief Programs Reopened

The Paycheck Protection Plan (PPP) is back.

  • The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan, often forgivable, designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. When created in the spring of 2020 it was highly successful but the funding soon ran out.  Recent legislation has both re-opened that program AND added a second one.  What Dubuque businesses should be interested? 
    • Anyone who missed the program last year. The new law reopens the original PPP and earmarks $35 Billion for businesses who didn’t already apply and receive a loan. You’ll need to apply by March 31, 2021.
    • Anyone who previously applied but returned all or part of their award (for whatever reason).
    • Anyone who previously applied but did not request the maximum available (you can now).
    • Anyone who applied and received assistance last year but could use some more help.  $284 billion has been appropriated for a new PPP loan program (“PPP2”), giving eligible borrowers an opportunity to receive a second round of funding, subject to a $2 million maximum.
  • The new program is focused on anyone with 300 or fewer employees and who suffered at least a 25% revenue reduction in Q1, Q2 or Q3 2020 as compared to the same quarter in 2019. The legislation also makes some important tax treatment changes.  
  • The application process is being developed and businesses should work with their local financial institution for updated information and timelines for applying. 


The EIDL (Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program) has also been funded and re-opened, so if you didn't or couldn't access it last year, you'll have a second shot!  Congress has allocated another $20,000,000,000 in emergency EIDL grants in the new stimulus bill.
What businesses should be interested?

With questions about either program, you can contact the COVID-19 Business Helpline at 563-588-3350 Monday through Friday from 8:30 - 4 pm or by email at sbhelpline@nicc.edu.


January 7, 2021

Iowa Workforce Development Releases Unemployment Claim Data for December 27, 2020 - January 2, 2021

  • The number of initial claims for this time period was 8,236, an increase of 1,095 from last week’s adjusted numbers. Top industries with claims during the time period are: Construction, Manufacturing, and Industry Not Available/Self-employed. Read the full statement.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor adjusted last week’s initial claim number to 7,141 (a decrease of 320) and continuing claims to 38,023 (a decrease of 698 for a total decrease of 1,018 overall).
  • Initial claims data for Dubuque County is 282.
  • Employers or claimants with questions can email Iowa Workforce Development at uiclaimshelp@iwd.iowa.gov or call them at 1-866-239-0843.

January 4, 2021

Dubuque Initiatives Relaunches Loan Program for Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

Dubuque Initiatives is partnering with the East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA) and the COVID-19 Business Helpline to relaunch the Dubuque Initiatives Loan Program.The program will authorize the use of $500,000 of Dubuque Initiatives’ funds to provide loans to small businesses existing in the City of Dubuque. Completed applications will be processed within 48 hours, providing our local employers critical funding to weather the storm.

Loans of $10,000 repaid over a three-year period at 1% interest. No interest or fees would be charged to the applicant for the first 6 months after disbursement.

Applicant Requirements:

  • Employ 1-50 employees (Sole proprietors are eligible)
  • Have a physical location or storefront within the City of Dubuque
  • Businesses that previously received a loan through this program and non-profits are eligible to apply.

The program will open for application on Monday, January 4, at 8:30 a.m. To apply:

  • Call the COVID-19 Business Helpline at (563) 588-3350 between 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, or email at sbhelpline@nicc.edu.
  • Helpline experts will review available local, state and federal assistance programs, including the Dubuque Initiatives Loan Program, and what information applicants will need to have prepared.
  • Once application is complete, processing and disbursement of funds is expected to take place within 48 hours.

The COVID-19 Business Helpline is made possible through a joint partnership established between Northeast Iowa Community College, Greater Dubuque Development Corporation, the Small Business Development Center, and the East Central Iowa Intergovernmental Association. Any business owner can contact the Helpline to ask questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic regarding federal, state and local funding, unemployment insurance, and compliance with new legislation and best practices.


December 31, 2020

Iowa Workforce Development Releases Unemployment Claim Data for December20 - December26

  • The number of initial claims for this time period was 7,644, an increase of 373 from last week’s adjusted numbers. Top industries with claims during the time period are: Construction, Manufacturing, and Industry Not Available/Self-employed. Read the full statement.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor adjusted last week’s initial claim number to 7,271 (a decrease of 374) and continuing claims to 37,492 (a decrease of 826 for a total decrease of 1,200 overall). 
  • Initial claims data for Dubuque County is 265.
  • Employers or claimants with questions can email Iowa Workforce Development at uiclaimshelp@iwd.iowa.gov or call them at 1-866-239-0843.

December 23, 2020

Iowa Workforce Development Releases Unemployment Claim Data for December 13 - December 19

  • The number of initial claims for this time period was 7,645, an increase of 1,119 from last week’s adjusted numbers. Top industries with claims during the time period are: Construction, Manufacturing, and Industry Not Available/Self-employed. Read the full statement.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor adjusted last week’s initial claim number to 6,526 (a decrease of 423) and continuing claims to 38,118 (a decrease of 630 for a total decrease of 1,053 overall).
  • Initial claims data for Dubuque County is 234.
  • Employers or claimants with questions can email Iowa Workforce Development at uiclaimshelp@iwd.iowa.gov or call them at 1-866-239-0843.

271,019 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 8,020 Positive Serology Tests, 644 Hospitalizations (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 10,327 positive cases and 430 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 3,668 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

December 22, 2020

269,020 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 7,802 Positive Serology Tests, 651 Hospitalizations (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 10,279 positive cases and 419 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 3,653 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

December 21, 2020

267,744 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 7,563 Positive Serology Tests, 644 Hospitalizations (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 10,250 positive cases and 419 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 3,589 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

December 18, 2020

264,115 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 7,109 Positive Serology Tests, 701 Hospitalizations (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 10,186 positive cases and 410 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 3,451 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

December 17, 2020

Iowa Workforce Development Releases Unemployment Claim Data for December 6 - December 12

  • The number of initial claims for this time period was 6,949, a decrease of 3,163 from last week’s adjusted numbers. Top industries with claims during the time period are: Construction, Manufacturing, and Industry Not Available/Self-employed. Read the full statement.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor adjusted last week’s initial claim number to 10,112 (a decrease of 635) and continuing claims to 42,382 (a decrease of 739 for a total decrease of 1,374 overall). 
  • Initial claims data for Dubuque County is 205.
  • Employers or claimants with questions can email Iowa Workforce Development at uiclaimshelp@iwd.iowa.gov or call them at 1-866-239-0843.

262,210 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 6,915 Positive Serology Tests, 746 Hospitalizations (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 10,148 positive cases and 409 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 3,451 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

December 16, 2020

Governor Reynolds Signs New Proclamation Modifying Public Health Measures

  • Today, Gov. Reynolds signed a new Public Health Disaster proclamation that modifies existing public health measures designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  The proclamation requires social distancing and reasonable public health measures for many social, community, business, or leisure gatherings or events. 

  • For high school-sponsored events and other sporting or recreational events, including youth and adult sporting events, spectators are no longer limited to just two spectators if all spectators are from the same household.   

  • Restaurants or bars, including a wedding reception venue, winery, brewery, distillery, country club, or other social or fraternal club can resume in-person services at their regular business hours. Bar seating is now allowed.  

  • These new measures take effect on Thursday December 17, 2020 and expire on January 8, 2021. Read the full proclamation

260,251 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 6,719 Positive Serology Tests, 776 Hospitalizations (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 10,088 positive cases and 401 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 3,354 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

December 15, 2020

258,251 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 6,466 Positive Serology Tests, 798 Hospitalizations (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 10,037 positive cases and 397 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 3,340 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

December 14, 2020

256,913 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 6,276 Positive Serology Tests, 764 Hospitalizations (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 10,008 positive cases and 392 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 3,273 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

December 11, 2020

253,085 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 5,965 Positive Serology Tests, 833 Hospitalizations (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 9,880 positive cases and 390 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 3,197 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

December 10, 2020

Iowa Workforce Development Releases Unemployment Claim Data for November 29 - December 5

  • The number of initial claims for this time period was 10,747, an increase of 5,390 from last week’s adjusted numbers. Top industries with claims during the time period are: Construction, Manufacturing, and Industry Not Available/Self-employed. Read the full statement.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor adjusted last week’s initial claim number to 5,357 (a decrease of 236) and continuing claims to 33,712 (a decrease of 466 for a total decrease of 702 overall). 
  • Initial claims data for Dubuque County is 350.
  • Employers or claimants with questions can email Iowa Workforce Development at uiclaimshelp@iwd.iowa.gov or call them at 1-866-239-0843.

251,028 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 5,753 Positive Serology Tests, 863 Hospitalizations (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 9,828 positive cases and 386 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 3,120 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

December 9, 2020

Governor Reynolds Signs New Proclamation Modifying Public Health Measures

  • The proclamation continues to require that when people are in an indoor public space, and unable to social distance for 15 minutes or longer, masks are required to be worn.  Additional mask requirements are imposed for certain specific establishments or gatherings. 

  • The proclamation also continues to limit indoor social, community, business, or leisure gatherings or events to no more than 15 people. This includes wedding and funeral receptions, festivals, and conventions. Outdoor gatherings continue to be limited to no more than 30 people.  These new measures take effect on December 10 and continue through December 16, 2020. 

  • The proclamation also updates guidance for high school sports.The remainder of the proclamation is effective immediately and continues to expire on January 8, 2021. Read the full proclamation.

248,782 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 5,577 Positive Serology Tests, 894 Hospitalizations (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 9,762 positive cases and 382 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 3,021 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

December 8, 2020

246,237 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 5,349 Positive Serology Tests, 900 Hospitalizations (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 9,699 positive cases and 377 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 2,919 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

December 7, 2020

244,844 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 5,191 Positive Serology Tests, 898 Hospitalizations (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 9,664 positive cases and 365 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 2,717 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

December 4, 2020

Updates made to Safe at Work in Greater Dubuque

  • Safe at Work booklet was updated to reflect new CDC guidance on quarantine and domestic air travel as well as updated local resources for testing and convalescent plasma donation.

239,693 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 5,055 Positive Serology Tests, 1,000 Hospitalizations (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 9,501 positive cases and 364 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 2,603 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

December 3, 2020

Centers for Disease Control Release New Quarantine Guidance

  • CDC now recommends two additional options for how long quarantine should last. Based on local availability of viral testing, for people without symptoms quarantine can end:
    • On day 10 without testing
    • On day 7 after receiving a negative test result (take the test on Day 5 for example, with aim to get results on Day 7
  • After stopping quarantine, people should
    • Watch for symptoms until 14 days after exposure.
    • If they have symptoms, immediately self-isolate and contact their local public health authority or healthcare provider.
    • Wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet from others, wash their hands, avoid crowds, and take other steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Learn more about quarantining

Iowa Workforce Development Releases Unemployment Claim Data for November 22 - November 28

  • The number of initial claims for this time period was 5,593, a decrease of 3,337 from last week’s adjusted numbers. Top industries with claims during the time period are: Construction, Manufacturing, and Industry Not Available/Self-employed. Read the full statement.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor adjusted last week’s initial claim number to 8,930 (a decrease of 528) and continuing claims to 36,802 (a decrease of 310 for a total decrease of 838 overall). 
  • Initial claims data for Dubuque County is 350.
  • Employers or claimants with questions can email Iowa Workforce Development at uiclaimshelp@iwd.iowa.gov or call them at 1-866-239-0843.

December 2, 2020

Governor Reynolds Announces COVID-19 Arts & Cultural Recovery Program

233,866 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 4,925 Positive Serology Tests, 1,162 Hospitalizations (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 9,349 positive cases and 350 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 2,449 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

December 1, 2020

230,902 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 4,895 Positive Serology Tests, 1,172 Hospitalizations (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 9,276 positive cases and 347 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 2,427 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

November 30, 2020

228,996 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 4,844 Positive Serology Tests, 1,162 Hospitalizations (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 9,243 positive cases and 345 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 2,403 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

November 25, 2020

Iowa Workforce Development Releases Unemployment Claim Data for November 15 - November 21

  • The number of initial claims for this time period was 9,458, an increase of 3,466 from last week’s adjusted numbers. Top industries with claims during the time period are: Manufacturing, Construction, and Industry Not Available/Self-employed. Read the full statement.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor adjusted last week’s initial claim number to 5,992 (a decrease of 320) and continuing claims to 34,802 (a decrease of 440 for a total decrease of 760 overall). 
  • Initial claims data for Dubuque County is 261.
  • Employers or claimants with questions can email Iowa Workforce Development at uiclaimshelp@iwd.iowa.gov or call them at 1-866-239-0843.

218,947 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 4,645 Positive Serology Tests, 1,305 Hospitalizations (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 8,925 positive cases and 328 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 2,271 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

November 24, 2020

215,582 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 4,602 Positive Serology Tests, 1,351 Hospitalizations (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 8,820 positive cases and 325 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 2,224 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

November 23, 2020

211,722 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 4,562 Positive Serology Tests, 1,333 Hospitalizations (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 8,676 positive cases and 322 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 2,205 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

November 20, 2020

Recorded Safe at Work Webinar Now Available 

  • For those who missed the Safe at Work webinar on November 19th, a recording as well as the presentation slides are available on the Safe at Work page of our website: greaterdubuque.org/safe
  • The webinar includes:
    • updates on State and Local mandates and Iowa Workforce Development
    • How local employer, Camso, has implemented safety practices in their daily operations by using A3 problem solving
    • Additional resources available through Northeast Iowa Community College

203,033 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 4,429 Positive Serology Tests, 1,447 Hospitalizations (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 8,410 positive cases and 307 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 2,127 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

November 19, 2020

Iowa Workforce Development Releases Unemployment Claim Data for November 8 - November 14

  • The number of initial claims for this time period was 6,312. Top industries with claims during the time period are: Manufacturing, Construction, and Industry Not Available/Self-employed. Read the full statement.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor adjusted last week’s initial claim number to 5,217 (a decrease of 359) and continuing claims to 35,213 (a decrease of 447 for a total decrease of 806 overall). 
  • Initial claims data for Dubuque County is 206.
  • Employers or claimants with questions can email Iowa Workforce Development at uiclaimshelp@iwd.iowa.gov or call them at 1-866-239-0843.

198,674 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 4,388 Positive Serology Tests, 1,516 Hospitalizations (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 8,268 positive cases and 300 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 2,102 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

November 18, 2020

Updates made to Safe at Work in Greater Dubuque

  • Safe at Work booklet was updated to reflect new State of Iowa guidance implemented on November 17th as well as Dubuque County Face Covering Ordinance and updated CDC guidance.

194,479 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 4,339 Positive Serology Tests, 1,527 Hospitalizations (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 8,093 positive cases and 298 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 2,064 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

November 17, 2020

Centers for Disease Control Releases New Guidance for Essential Workforce

  • Critical Infrastructure “essential” workers who have had an exposure but remain asymptomatic may be allowed to continue work in select instances.  CDC is now recommending that businesses and organization disregard recommended 14-day quarantines for essential workers only as a last resort and only in limited circumstances, such as when cessation of operation of a facility may cause serious harm or danger to public health or safety.  If exposed workers do remain on the job, the following mitigation strategies should be implemented: 
    • Pre-Screen: Employers should measure the employee’s temperature and assess symptoms prior to them starting work. Ideally, temperature checks should happen before the individual enters the facility.
    • Regular Monitoring: As long as the employee doesn’t have a fever or symptoms, they should self-monitor under the supervision of their employer’s occupational health program.
    • Wear a Mask: The employee should wear a face mask at all times while in the workplace for 14 days after last exposure. Employers can issue facemasks or can approve employees’ supplied cloth face coverings in the event of shortages.
    • Social Distance: The employee should maintain 6 feet spacing and practice social distancing as work duties permit in the workplace.
    • Disinfect and Clean work spaces: Clean and disinfect all areas such as offices, bathrooms, common areas, and shared electronic equipment routinely.
    • If the exposed employee becomes sick during the day, they should be sent home immediately and treated as a positive COVID-19 case. 
  • https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/critical-infrastructure-sectors.html 

190,583 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 4,291 Positive Serology Tests, 1,510 Hospitalizations (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 7,935 positive cases and 294 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 2,024 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

November 16, 2020

Governor Reynolds Issues New Public Health Disaster Proclamation - New Public Health Measures 

  • Starting November 17th, new measures will be put in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
    • Masks are required in indoor public spaces when unable to social distance for 15 minutes or longer
    • Limits indoor social, community, business and leisure gatherings or events to 15 people. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 30. This includes wedding and funeral receptions, family gatherings and conventions. But it does not restrict gatherings that occur in the workplace as part of normal daily business or government operations.
    • With the exception of high school, collegiate and professional sports, all organized youth and adult sports activities of any size are suspended.
    • Restaurants, bars, bowling alleys, arcades, pool halls, bingo halls, and indoor playgrounds are required to close at 10 p.m. and cannot host private gatherings of more than 15 people. Masks must be worn by staff who have direct contact with customers, and customers must wear masks when they are not seated at their table to eat or drink. The proclamation also requires masks inside casinos.
    • Requires hospitals to ensure that inpatient elective procedures are reduced by 50%
    • To learn more, read the summary from the Iowa Department of Public Health

187,020 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 4,251 Positive Serology Tests, 1,392 Hospitalizations (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 7,856 positive cases and 291 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 1,991 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

November 13, 2020

175,723 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 4,173 Positive Serology Tests, 1,227 Hospitalizations (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 7,456 positive cases and 281 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 1,947 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

November 12, 2020

Dubuque County Board of Supervisors Passes County Mask Mandate

  • On November 12th, the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a county mask mandate that goes into effect on November 18.  The mandate requires people older than 3 to wear face coverings in interior public spaces and businesses; on public transportation or when using a private car service; and when outside if they are unable to maintain 6 feet of distance from others. Exceptions are included for those with breathing difficulty or under oxygen treatment, or those legally or medically required not to wear masks.  Business owners will have to post signage indicating the mandatory wearing of face coverings inside and also have masks available at the entrance for people without one. The county Board of Health plans to provide masks to businesses.
  • The mandate runs through March 1, though it can be amended, extended or rescinded at any time.

Iowa Workforce Development Releases Unemployment Claim Data for November 1 - November 7

  • The number of initial claims for this time period was 5,576. Top industries with claims during the time period are: Manufacturing, Industry Not Available/Self-employed, and Construction. Read the full statement.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor adjusted last week’s initial claim number to 4,609 (a decrease of 355) and continuing claims to 36,982 (a decrease of 308 for a total decrease of 663 overall). 
  • Initial claims data for Dubuque County is 212.
  • Employers or claimants with questions can email Iowa Workforce Development at uiclaimshelp@iwd.iowa.gov or call them at 1-866-239-0843.

170,358 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 4,133 Positive Serology Tests, 1,208 Hospitalizations (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 7,276 positive cases and 277 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 1,928 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

November 11, 2020

166,021 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 4,105 Positive Serology Tests, 1,190 Hospitalizations (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 7,172 positive cases and 276 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 1,898 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

Iowa Economic Development Authority Closes One Assistance Program, Offers Another

Governor Reynolds Extends Public Health Emergency, Implements New Restrictions

  • New public health measures include:
    • If more than 25 people gather indoors, all participants over the age of 2 must wear masks except when eating and drinking;
    • If more than 100 people gather outdoors, all participants over the age of 2 must wear masks except when eating or drinking;
    • Groups are limited to 8 people when dining in restaurants, unless from the same household
    • All employers should evaluate whether any more of their employees can feasibly work remotely to the extent reasonable and shall take steps to enable such employees to work from home. 
    • Other measures have been outlined regarding restaurants, gatherings, personal service establishments, and prolonged contact establishments. Read the full guidance.

November 10, 2020

161,257 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 4,092 Positive Serology Tests, 1,135 Hospitalizations (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 7,002 positive cases and 274 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 1,872 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

November 9, 2020

156,814 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 4,057 Positive Serology Tests, 1,034 Hospitalizations (as of 9:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 6,896 positive cases and 270 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 1,845 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

November 5, 2020

Iowa Workforce Development Releases Unemployment Claim Data for October 25 - October 31

  • The number of initial claims for this time period was 4,964. Top industries with claims during the time period are: Manufacturing, Construction, and Industry Not Available/Self-employed. Read the full statement.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor adjusted last week’s initial claim number to 4,351 (a decrease of 440) and continuing claims to 39,825 (an increase of 210 for a total decrease of 230 overall). 
  • Initial claims data for Dubuque County is 182.
  • Employers or claimants with questions can email Iowa Workforce Development at uiclaimshelp@iwd.iowa.gov or call them at 1-866-239-0843.

140,609 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 3,970 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 6,242 positive cases and 264 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 1,801 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

November 3, 2020

Hy-Vee Expands Testing Options in Dubuque

  • Testing will be available at Asbury Plaza Hy-Vee, 2395 NW Arterial, and Hy-Vee on Dodge Street, 3500 Dodge St.
  • Testing is free. Individuals do not have to have COVID-19 symptoms to be tested, but they must register online to receive a test voucher number and appointment time. Visit doineedacovid19test.com to register.

133,229 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 3,938 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 5,967 positive cases and 262 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 1,755 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

November 2, 2020

Main Street Lending Program Adjusted

  • On October 30th, the Federal Reserve Board adjusted the terms of the Main Street Lending Program to better target support to smaller businesses that are facing continued revenue shortfalls due to the pandemic: the minimum loan size for three Main Street facilities available to for-profit and non-profit borrowers has been reduced from $250,000 to $100,000, and the fees have been adjusted to encourage the provision of these smaller loans. An updated term sheet and additional information can be found here:  https://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/pressreleases/monetary20201030a.html

New Fact Sheet for Paycheck Protection Program

131,713 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 3,916 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 5,916 positive cases and 256 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 1,733 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

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