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September 30, 2020

Neighboring Illinois Counties Enact COVID-19 Mitigation Measures

  • In response to an increase in positive cases in Northwest Illinois, stronger restrictions have been put in place for counties including our neighboring Jo Daviess county. Measures include limits on gatherings to 25 persons, bars and restaurants are only permitted to have outdoor service, and social distancing measures are outlined for outdoor dining. To learn more, visit the Illinois Department of Public Health page. 

88,555 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 3,427 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 3,412 positive cases and 205 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 1,342 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

September 29, 2020

Iowa Department of Public Health Adjusts Quarantine Guidance

  • The IDPH has adjusted quarantine recommendations for people that have been exposed to a positive case of COVID-19. (Recommendations for non-healthcare, non-residential settings including businesses, education and child care). Read documentation from IDPH. Adjusted recommendations include:

    • Close contacts of COVID-positive cases will no longer need to quarantine for 14 days if a face covering was worn consistently and correctly by the positive case and close contacts. The positive case must isolate. The close contacts should self-monitor.  Individuals who are a close contact due to exposure to a household member are required to quarantine for at least 14 days

    • People currently in quarantine may be released from quarantine if a face covering was worn consistently and correctly by the positive case and close contacts during exposure.

    • If the positive case wore a face covering, but close contacts did not, those close contacts must be quarantined.

    • If the positive case did not wear a face covering, close contacts must quarantine whether or not they wore a face covering.

    • Quarantine of close contacts will still be necessary in residential and healthcare settings. 

State of Iowa Announces $10 Million Registered Apprenticeship Grant Program

  • Two new Registered Apprenticeship grant opportunities totaling $10 million funded by the Coronavirus Relief Fund: 

    • The first grant opportunity is available to high schools, nonprofits, and small businesses with less than 50 employees. These grants total $5 million, with a maximum grant of $50,000 per applicant. The grant can be used to purchase equipment, tools, simulators, instructional materials, updated curriculum, or other necessary items to expand or create Registered Apprenticeship programs that provide for online learning as well as hands-on learning when necessary and safe.

    • The second grant opportunity is available to post-secondary institutions and healthcare employers. These grants also total $5 million, with a maximum grant of $250,000 per applicant. The grant can be used to purchase equipment, tools, simulators, instructional materials, updated curriculum, or other necessary items to expand or create Registered Apprenticeship programs that provide for online learning as well as hands-on learning when necessary and safe

  • The State is hosting a webinar to learn more about the two new Registered Apprenticeship grant opportunities on Sept. 30, at 12:00 p.m. Register for the Zoom webinar.


September 28, 2020

86,840 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 3,399 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 3,307 positive cases and 204 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 1,317 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

September 25, 2020

83,347 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 3,362 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 3,145 positive cases and 199 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 1,303 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

Greater Dubuque Development Received State Grant for Opportunity Dubuque Manufacturing Program

  • On September 23, Greater Dubuque Development was notified that we are the recipient of  a $100,000 Coronavirus Relief Fund Employer Innovation Fund grant award from Iowa Workforce Development. Governor Reynolds announced awards to 65 applicants to provide postsecondary training and education to Iowans whose employment has been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.
  • Greater Dubuque Development's project, Opportunity Dubuque Manufacturing Essentials was developed in partnership with Northeast Iowa Community College, the Dubuque Works collaborative, and three lead manufacturing partners to develop in-demand training for approximately 70 new and existing employees in need of manufacturing skills. In Dubuque County, more than 2,600 claims for unemployment were generated from manufacturing, the region’s largest industry. This project will train workers who are un- or under-employed to shift careers or obtain employment in manufacturing with Rite-Hite Corporation, Engineering Services and Products Company, or HODGE initially, with opportunities to expand the model to additional employers if successful. 
  • Three other projects in Dubuque were awarded grants: Four Mounds Foundation, Clarke University, and Truck Country. 

Additional Test Iowa Site to Open in Dubuque on Monday

  • Starting Monday, September 28th Iowans will have another location in Dubuque to get COVID-19 testing. Grand River Medical Group will offering testing through the Test Iowa Initiative at their Respiratory Clinic at 1400 University Avenue Monday – Thursday, 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Friday 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., by appointment only, scheduled online through the Test Iowa website.
  • Those who want to be tested through the Test Iowa program must go to Testiowa.com and complete the questionnaire. After they complete the questionnaire, they will receive a QR code and may request an appointment at a local clinic location. 
  • Epic Health and Wellness Clinic, located at 1075 Cedar Cross Road, continues to operate a drive-thru test site Monday through Friday by appointment.

State of Iowa Offers Free Virtual Counseling and Assistance - COVID Recovery Iowa

  • The State of Iowa has received federal funding from FEMA to offer free virtual counseling and assistance to those affected, in any way, by COVID-19.  COVID Recovery Iowa provides counseling, virtual activities, referrals and help finding resources to any Iowan seeking assistance or a listening ear. Visit the website and learn more.

September 24, 2020

83,347 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 3,352 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 3,061 positive cases and 198 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 1,299 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

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

  • The number of initial claims for this time period was 6,601. 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 down to 4,652 (a decrease of 310) and continuing claims to 65,422 (a decrease of 231 for a total decrease of 541). 
  • 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.

September 23, 2020

82,006 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 3,343 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 2,919 positive cases and 198 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 1,293 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

September 22, 2020

81,150 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 3,335 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 2,850 positive cases and 195 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 1,285 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

September 21, 2020

80,633 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 3,323 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 2,809 positive cases and 195 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 1,266 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

September 18, 2020

78,227 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 3,284 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 2,610 positive cases and 181 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 1,258 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

September 17, 2020

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

  • The number of initial claims for this time period was 4,962. Top industries with claims during the time period are: Construction, Manufacturing, Industry Not Available/Self-employed. Read the full statement.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor adjusted last week’s initial claim number down to 5,252 (a decrease of 437) and continuing claims to 70,953 (a decrease of 691 for a total decrease of 1,128). 
  • Initial claims data for Dubuque County is 148.
  • Employers or claimants with questions can email Iowa Workforce Development at uiclaimshelp@iwd.iowa.gov or call them at 1-866-239-0843.

76,968 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 3,262 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 2,506 positive cases and 177 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 1,248 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

September 16, 2020

76,050 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 3,234 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 2,457 positive cases and 172 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 1,234 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

September 15, 2020

75,275 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 3,214 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 2,418 positive cases and 166 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 1,233 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

September 14, 2020

74,767 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 3,202 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 2,395 positive cases and 166 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 1,221 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

September 11, 2020

72,754 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 3,153 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 2,302 positive cases and 160 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 1,208 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

September 10, 2020

Iowa Workforce Development Announces "Lost Wages Assistance" Program has Ended

  • FEMA and the U.S. Department of Labor have informed Iowa that the “Lost Wages Assistance” program has ended. Iowans whose unemployment is the result of the pandemic, and who are eligible for at least $100 in benefits each week, will qualify for up to a maximum of six weeks of $300 in additional weekly benefits.
  • Learn more on the Iowa Workforce Development website.

Iowa Workforce Development Releases Unemployment Claim Data for August 30 - September 5

  • The number of initial claims for this time period was 5,689. Top industries with claims during the time period are: Manufacturing, Self-employed/independent contractor, and Accommodation/Food Service. Read the full statement.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor adjusted last week’s initial claim number down to 5,914 (a decrease of 463) and continuing claims to 75,877 (a decrease of 955 for a total decrease of 1,418). 
  • Initial claims data for Dubuque County is 114.
  • Employers or claimants with questions can email Iowa Workforce Development at uiclaimshelp@iwd.iowa.gov or call them at 1-866-239-0843.

71,956 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 3,153 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 2,269 positive cases and 159 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 1,205 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

September 9, 2020

71,137 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 3,143 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 2,233 positive cases and 156 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 1,185 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

September 8, 2020

70,659 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 3,127 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 2,210 positive cases and 156 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 1,173 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

September 4, 2020

67,982 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 3,100 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 2,110 positive cases and 153 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 1,137 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

September 3, 2020

Iowa Workforce Development Issues Lost Wages Assistance Program Payments

  • Iowa Workforce Development announced today that it is accepting applications and processing claims under the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) program.  LWA benefit payments will be received by claimants in 5-7 business days.  The LWA program pays eligible claimants an additional $300 per week and the first payment will include retroactive payments to the week ending Aug. 1, 2020. Read the full statement.
  • For more information about the LWA program, please visit the IWD website at:  www.iowaworkforcedevelopment.gov/lost-wages-assistance

Iowa Workforce Development Releases Unemployment Claim Data for August 23 - August 29

  • The number of initial claims for this time period was 6,377. 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 U.S. Department of Labor adjusted last week’s initial claim number down to 6,384 (a decrease of 570) and continuing claims to 83,312 (a decrease of 936 for a total decrease of 1,506). 
  • Initial claims data for Dubuque County is 122.
  • Employers or claimants with questions can email Iowa Workforce Development at uiclaimshelp@iwd.iowa.gov or call them at 1-866-239-0843.

66,799 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 3,087 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 2,069 positive cases and 152 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 1,134 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

September 2, 2020

66,137 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 3,075 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 2,062 positive cases and 151 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 1,125 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

September 1, 2020

65,397 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 3,059 Positive Serology Tests (as of 11:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 2,041 positive cases and 149 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 1,121 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

August 31, 2020

Iowa Workforce Development Makes Announcement on Unemployment Tax Rate

  • Iowa Workforce Development announced that the unemployment insurance tax rates for Iowa employers will remain unchanged for 2021.  In June 2020, Gov. Reynolds directed $490 million of the State’s $1.25 billion in CARES Act Coronavirus relief funds to be deposited into the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund.  This deposit ensured that Iowa would  remain in Tax Table 7 for 2021. Read the full statement. 

64,714 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 3,052 Positive Serology Tests (as of 11:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 2,031 positive cases and 148 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 1,113 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

August 27, 2020

Governor Reynolds Implements New Public Health Proclamation - Closes bars in Six Counties

  • Starting at 5:00 p.m. tonight, bars, nightclubs, wineries, and breweries in six Iowa counties will be closed through September 20th. Counties include Black Hawk, Dallas, Johnson, Linn, Polk, and Story. Read the full proclamation.
  • Restaurants and establishments where food is over 50% of sales can continue operations but must stop serving alcohol at 10:00 p.m. 

Iowa Workforce Development Releases Unemployment Claim Data for August 16 - August 22

  • The number of initial claims for this time period was 6,954. 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 U.S. Department of Labor adjusted last week’s initial claim number down to 5,997 (a decrease of 547) and continuing claims to 82,442 (a decrease of 1,168 for a total decrease of 1,715).
  • Initial claims data for Dubuque County is 121.
  • Employers or claimants with questions can email Iowa Workforce Development at uiclaimshelp@iwd.iowa.gov or call them at 1-866-239-0843.

Iowa Economic Development Authority Expands Eligibility on Utility Program

  • On August 21st, the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) announced that more Iowa small business owners and nonprofits are eligible to receive financial assistance with electric and natural gas utility bills. Learn more.

  • Eligibility criteria for the Iowa Small Business Utility Disruption Prevention Program has been expanded to include utility assistance for eligible small businesses and nonprofits for electric or natural gas service provided between March 17, 2020 and October 15, 2020.

Dubuque Initiatives to Close Application Period for Bridge Loan Program September 30th

  • The application period for the Dubuque Initiatives Loan Program will close on September 30th, 2020. Loans are disbursed at a maximum of $10,000 with no interest or fees charged to the applicant for six months. After six months, the loan will be converted into a thirty-month, low interest loan. Read the full statement.

  • To apply before the deadline, 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 Emergency Bridge Loan Program, and what information applicants will need to have prepared.

59,368 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 3,007 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 1,953 positive cases and 144 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 1,079 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

August 26, 2020

57,893 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,997 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 1,926 positive cases and 142 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 1,061 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

August 25, 2020

57,076 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,988 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 1,911 positive cases and 140 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 1,048 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

August 24, 2020

56,584 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,984 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 1,903 positive cases and 140 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 1,039 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

August 21, 2020

54,653 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,961 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 1,871 positive cases and 136 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 1,017 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

August 20, 2020

Iowa Workforce Development Releases Unemployment Claim Data for August 9 - August 15

  • The number of initial claims for this time period was 6,544. 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 U.S. Department of Labor adjusted last week’s initial claim number down to 4,891 (a decrease of 391) and continuing claims to 92,100 (a decrease of 753 for a total decrease of 1,144).
  • Initial claims data for Dubuque County is 177.
  • Employers or claimants with questions can email Iowa Workforce Development at uiclaimshelp@iwd.iowa.gov or call them at 1-866-239-0843.

53,830 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,950 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 1,858 positive cases and 135 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 1,012 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

August 19, 2020

New Date for Face Coverings Webinar Postposted Due to Derecho

  • On September 2nd at 10:30 a.m., the Univesity of Iowa's College of Public Health presents what is known about face coverings, how they work, their important part in containing COVID-19, and what public health officials and other leaders can do to better respond to community concerns and encourage use of this mitigation strategy. Register for the webinar here. 

Northeast Iowa Community College Announces Dubuque Minority Small Business Grant Program

  • A new Dubuque Minority Small Business Relief Grant that will provide financial assistance to minority-owned small businesses is now open for applications. This program, coordinated by Northeast Iowa Community College, will award $500 grants to eligible, minority-owned small businesses in the City of Dubuque that were economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. There are limited funds available, and the goal is to award 20 grants to eligible applicants. Learn more and apply. 
  • To learn more about the Dubuque Minority Small Business Relief Grant and get answers to other COVID-19 questions, contact 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.

53,497 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,938 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 1,836 positive cases and 134 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 1,003 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

August 18, 2020

52,917 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,925 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 1,820 positive cases and 133 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 987 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

August 17, 2020

52,617 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,918 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 1,807 positive cases and 132 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 979 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

August 14, 2020

Iowa Nonprofit Recovery Fund Application Deadline Extended

  • Volunteer Iowa and the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) announced an extension of the Iowa Nonprofit Recovery Fund application period due to the August 10 derecho and resulting widespread loss of power and internet access. Read the full statement.

City of Dubuque adds FAQ to Face Covering Ordinance Information

Updates made to Safe at Work in Greater Dubuque

  • Safe at Work booklet was updated to reflect new City of Dubuque Face Covering Ordinance and testing information. 

50,813 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,901 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 1,745 positive cases and 129 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 964 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

August 13, 2020

Iowa Workforce Development Releases Unemployment Claim Data for August 2 - August 8

  • The number of initial claims for this time period was 5,282. 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 U.S. Department of Labor adjusted last week’s initial claim number down to 6,317 (a decrease of 448) and continuing claims to 104,316 (a decrease of 654 for a total decrease of 1,102).
  • Initial claims data for Dubuque County is 252.
  • Employers or claimants with questions can email Iowa Workforce Development at uiclaimshelp@iwd.iowa.gov or call them at 1-866-239-0843.

Safe at Work Webinar to be Held on August 19th

  • Join experts from IowaWORKS; Northeast Iowa Community College; Greater Dubuque Development; and Fuerste, Carew, Juergens & Sudmeier, P.C. to learn the latest on COVID-19 as it relates to your workplace. 
  • Topics include the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act, how returning to school can affect your workforce, navigating legal issues, updates from IowaWORKS, and the newest resources available. 
  • The webinar will be held via Zoom on August 19th at 7:30 a.m. Register for this free webinar.

50,135 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,887 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 1,727 positive cases and 129 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 954 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

August 12, 2020

Treasury Department Updates FAQ for Paycheck Protection Program Forgiveness

  • The general PPP program Frequently Asked Questions were updated to clarify that the provision of dental and vision benefits are included as group health care benefits.
  • On Saturday, the Treasury released its latest report of PPP recipients.
  • The PPP program closed for applications on August 8, 2020.

49,634 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,868 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 1,711 positive cases and 124 positive serology tests. The 14-day positivity rate for Dubuque County is 11%. The State has had a total of 947 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.

August 11, 2020

University of Iowa Webinar Cancelled Due to Storm Disruptions

  • The webinar scheduled for Thursday on Face Coverings has been cancelled. Organizers are assessing options to reschedule and will directly inform those who have registered.

49,182 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,851 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.) Dubuque County has a total of 1,690 positive cases and 124 positive serology tests. The 14-day positivity rate for Dubuque County is 11%. The State has had a total of 935 deaths related to COVID-19. 


August 10, 2020

University of Iowa College of Public Health to Host Webinar on Face Coverings

  • On Thursday at 11:00 a.m., this College of Public Health webinar presents what is known about face coverings, how they work, their important part in containing COVID-19, and what public health officials and other leaders can do to better respond to community concerns and encourage use of this mitigation strategy. Register here. 

Iowa Workforce Development Makes Request Regarding Executive Order

  • This morning, IWD released the following statement: "The Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) additional $600 payment per week ended in Iowa on July 25th.  On August 8, 2020, President Trump signed an Executive Order authorizing additional payments for some individuals receiving unemployment benefits. IWD will need additional guidance from USDOL before this benefit can be developed and implemented. We will update our website as additional information becomes available, including timelines.  Please do not contact customer service regarding whether you are eligible for the benefits or when it may be paid.  We need to keep our phone lines open for individuals who have questions regarding filing for unemployment benefits.  Thank you for your patience and understanding."

49,000 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,815 Positive Serology Tests (as of 11:00 a.m.) Dubuque County has a total of 1,679 positive cases. The State has had a total of 931 deaths related to COVID-19. 


August 7, 2020

City of Dubuque Passes Mask Mandate - Goes into Effect Saturday, August 8th

  • Every person in the City of Dubuque 3 years of age or older must wear a face covering that covers the person’s nose and mouth as follows:
    • Outside whenever one cannot stay at least six (6) feet away from others;
    • Inside any indoor public setting, for example, but not limited to: a. Grocery stores. b. Pharmacies. c. Hardware stores. d. Retail stores. e. Any other indoor public setting when with persons who do not live in the person’s household.
    • When using public transportation or a private car service, including taxis, ride share, or carpooling.
  • Learn more on the City of Dubuque website.
  • Violation of the mandate will result in a $10 fine that will increase to $15 if not paid within 30 days. 

47,729 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,815 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.) Dubuque County has a total of 1,636 positive cases and 123 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 912 deaths related to COVID-19. 


August 6, 2020

Iowa Workforce Development Releases Unemployment Claim Data for July 26 - August 1

  • The number of initial claims for this time period was 6,765. 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 U.S. Department of Labor adjusted last week’s initial claim number down to 6,970 (a decrease of 471) and continuing claims to 110,042 (a decrease of 918 for a total decrease of 1,389).
  • Initial claims data for Dubuque County is 294.
  • Employers or claimants with questions can email Iowa Workforce Development at uiclaimshelp@iwd.iowa.gov or call them at 1-866-239-0843.

47,141 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,805 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.) Dubuque County has a total of 1,607 positive cases and 123 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 906 deaths related to COVID-19. 


August 5, 2020

Additional Free Covid-19 Testing Opportunities Now Available

  • While the Dubuque Test Iowa Clinic is still offering testing by appointment, Hartig Drug Company pharmacies and Union Family Pharmacy are also offering free COVID-19 test collection, also by appointment, in Dubuque. This free COVID-19 test collection program is not affiliated with Test Iowa. Read full update from Dubuque County Public Health Incident Management Team.
  • Test collection sites for this program can be found at DoINeedACovid19Test.com. The online portal helps patients make test collection appointments. Any individual, regardless of their state of residence, is eligible to test, even if they are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. 

46,492 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,792 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.) Dubuque County has a total of 1,572 positive cases and 121 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 893 deaths related to COVID-19. 


August 4, 2020

45,982 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,774 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.) Dubuque County has a total of 1,538 positive cases and 121 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 885 deaths related to COVID-19. 


August 3, 2020

Iowa Economic Development Authority and Volunteer Iowa Launch Nonprofit Recovery Fund

  • The program, and extention of the Small Business Relief Fund, will provide short-term relief to nonprofit organizations that have seen reduced revenue and/or increased costs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Eligible nonprofits may be awarded a grant of up to $25,000, based on income, expenses, outstanding obligations and other state and federal assistance received. The program has $10 million available, which was allocated through federal CARES Act funds.
  • Initially, eligible nonprofits must be a 501 (c)(3), 501 (c)(6) or 501 (c)(19), be based in Iowa and have:

    • Experienced a documented, involuntary loss of revenue and/or increase in expenses that occurred after March 1, 2020, due to the COVID-19 public health emergency
    • An annual operating budget of more than $25,000
    • Twenty-five or fewer full-time equivalent employees
    • A primary mission to serve the program’s priority service populations
  • For more information on eligibility and assistance or to apply, visit the IEDA website.

45,801 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,768 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.) Dubuque County has a total of 1,534 positive cases and 120 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 878 deaths related to COVID-19. 


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