Archived April 2020 COVID-19 Updates

April 30, 2020

New Resource - Safe at Work in Greater Dubuque

  • Safe at Work in Greater Dubuque is a local collaboration to assist our Dubuque Area employers in implementing COVID-19 guidance put forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) related to safety in the workplace. 
  • Does not issue any new guidance, nor recommend a specific employer plan. It is not legal or medical advice. Instead, it puts forth a framework for employers to consider in responding to existing guidance, as well as a support process for employers as questions arise.
  • Safe at Work is a partnership of Greater Dubuque Development and Northeast Iowa Community College through the COVID-19 Business Helpline and informed by the Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS).

Iowa Small Business Relief Grant Second Funding Phase -  Round 9 Notifications Sent

  • Another funding phase of Iowa Small Business Relief Grant award notifications was sent today. 

Iowa Workforce Development Update on Federal Payments

  • According to the IWD website: The retroactive payments for the $600 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) payment for the week ending 04/04/2020 has been completed for most claimants. All eligible claimants should receive this payment by May 6, 2020.

Iowa Workforce Development Releases Unemployment Claim Data for April 19 - April 25

  • The number of initial claims for this time period was 28,827. 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 170,990.
  • Initial claims in Dubuque County were 948.
  • Employers or claimants with questions can email Iowa Workforce Development at uiclaimshelp@iwd.iowa.gov or call them at 1-866-239-0843.

7,145 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa - There are 5 new cases in Dubuque County, the total is now 102. The State of Iowa has had 162 deaths, 4 from Dubuque County. 


April 29, 2020

6,843 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa - There are 9 new cases in Dubuque County, the total is now 97. The State of Iowa has had 148 deaths, 3 from Dubuque County. 


April 28, 2020

Iowa Small Business Relief Grant Second Funding Phase -  Round 8 Notifications Sent

  • Another funding phase of Iowa Small Business Relief Grant award notifications was sent today. 

6,376 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa - There is 1 new case in Dubuque County, the total is now 88.  The State of Iowa has had 136 deaths related to COVID-19. 


April 27, 2020

Iowa Small Business Relief Grant Second Funding Phase -  Round 7 Notifications Sent

  • Another funding phase of Iowa Small Business Relief Grant award notifications was sent today. 

Iowa Workforce Development Releases Guidance - Iowans Who Refuse to Return to Work Without Good Reason When Recalled Will Lose Eligibility to Unemployment Benefits

  • Iowans who have been placed on a temporary layoff related to COVID-19 but refuse to return to work when recalled by their employer will lose unemployment benefits, except for certain circumstances. Read the statement. 

Governor Reynolds Signs New Proclamation Continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration - Loosens Measures in 77 Counties starting May 1st

  • In the 77 counties, the proclamation permits restaurants, fitness centers, malls, libraries, race tracks, and certain other retail establishments to reopen in a limited fashion with public health measures in place.
  • In addition, the proclamation lifts the restriction on religious and spiritual gatherings so long as churches and other gathering hosts implement reasonable public health measures. 
  • Counties excluded from this order include Dubuque, Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Dallas, Des Moines, Fayette, Henry, Iowa, Jasper, Johnson, Linn, Louisa, Marshall, Muscatine, Polk, Poweshiek, Scott, Tama, Washington, and Woodbury. These counties will continue with established social distancing measures through May 15, 2020.
  • Read the full statement. 

Paycheck Protection Program Resumes

  • The SBA will resume accepting Paycheck Protection Program applications from participating lenders on Monday, April 27, 2020 at 10:30am EDT.

5,868 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa - There are 7 new cases in Dubuque County, the total is now 87.  The State of Iowa has had 127 deaths related to COVID-19. 


April 26, 2020

5,475 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa - There are 10 new cases in Dubuque County, the total is now 80.  The State of Iowa has had 116 deaths related to COVID-19. 


April 25, 2020

5,092 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa - There are 8 new cases in Dubuque County, the total is now 70.  The State of Iowa has had 112 deaths related to COVID-19. 


April 24, 2020

Governor Reynolds Signs New Proclamation Continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration - Changes to Elective Surgeries and Farmers Markets

  • The proclamation permits health care providers to begin the process of resuming some elective surgeries and procedures through a phased approach, permits farmers markets to begin limited operations with appropriate public health precautions, and provides other relief to Iowans affected by this disaster. Read the Statement.

Iowa Small Business Relief Grant Second Funding Phase -  Round 6 Notifications - A second funding phase of Iowa Small Business Relief Grant award notifications was sent today. 

4,445 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa - There are 10 new cases in Dubuque County, the total is now 62.  The State of Iowa has had 107 deaths related to COVID-19. 


April 23, 2020

Iowa Small Business Relief Grant Second Funding Phase -  Round 5 Notifications  - A second funding phase of Iowa Small Business Relief Grant award notifications was sent today.

Iowa Workforce Development Releases Unemployment Claim Data for April 12 - April 18

  • The number of initial claims for this time period was 27,912. Top industries with claims during the time period are: Manufacturing, Health Care and Social Assistance, and Retail. Read the full statement.
  • The number of continuing weekly unemployment claims is 151,846.
  • Initial Claims in Dubuque County were 1,028.
  • Employers or claimants with questions can email Iowa Workforce Development at uiclaimshelp@iwd.iowa.gov or call them at 1-866-239-0843.

3,924 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa - There are 2 new cases in Dubuque County, the total is now 52.  The State of Iowa has had 96 deaths related to COVID-19.


April 22, 2020

3,748 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa - There is 1 new case in Dubuque County, the total is now 49.  The State of Iowa has had 90 deaths related to COVID-19. 


April 21, 2020

State of Iowa Launches Test Iowa Initiative

  • The state has partnered with private sector companies to increase testing capacity for COVID-19. Iowans are asked to complete an online assessment, those who meet the criteria will be referred to drive-through testing sites. The first site in Des Moines will open this week. Once established, the initiative hopes to test up to 3,000 individuals per day. www.testiowa.com
  • Assessment data will also be used to identify hotspot areas or placement of additional testing sites.

3,641 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa - There are 2 new cases in Dubuque County, the total is now 48.  The State of Iowa has had 83 deaths related to COVID-19. 


April 20, 2020

Reminder: If you have offered work to employees and your employee refuses to return to work, you must notify Iowa Workforce Development

3,159 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa - There are 2 new cases in Dubuque County, the total is now 46.  The State of Iowa has had 79 deaths related to COVID-19. 


April 19, 2020

2,902 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa - There is 1 new case in Dubuque County, the total is now 44.  The State of Iowa has had 75 deaths related to COVID-19. 


April 18, 2020

2,513 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa - There are 3 new cases in Dubuque County, the total is now 43.  The State of Iowa has had 74 deaths related to COVID-19. 


April 17, 2020

Greater Dubuque Development Compiles Frequently Asked Questions

Our Existing Business and Workforce Solutions teams have been providing one-on-one assistance to area employers—we've compiled FAQs into a webpage and downloadable pdf intended to provide guidance for some of the common questions we’re fielding. www.greaterdubuque.org/covid19/covid19-frequently-asked-questions 

2,332 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa - There is 1 new case in Dubuque County, the total is now 40.  The State of Iowa has had 64 deaths related to COVID-19. 


April 16, 2020

State Elevates Regional Medical Coordination Center 6 to a Level 10 - Governor Issues Proclamation on New Guidance

Affected Counties: Allamakee, Benton, Black Hawk, Bremer, Buchanan, Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque, Fayette, Grundy, Howard, Jones, Linn, Winneshiek

  • The increased level is due in part to Long Term Care Facility outbreaks, the severity of illness / rate of hospitalization, and the increase in virus activity in this region of the state.

Effective at 11:59 p.m. tonight in all Region 6 counties - The Governor has ordered the following:

  • All gatherings for social, community, recreational, sporting, or leisure activities cease through April 30th.
  • You may gather only with the members of your immediate household
  • This 2-week time frame covers 1 incubation period of the virus and is intended to reduce the risk of further exposing yourself or others.
  • Limited exceptions will be made for Churches, Spiritual, Religious, Weddings, and Funerals which will continue to be restricted to 10 people and for individuals caring for family members outside of their immediate household.
  • The Governor has also ordered social distancing of a minimum of 6 feet in public places outside of your home. 
  • This does not apply to Iowans leaving for employment. 
  • Businesses are encouraged to follow guidance provided by the Iowa DPH regarding infection prevention measures to protect employees / customers.

 Residents of Region 6 and all Iowans should:

  • Stay home as much as possible
  • Leave only for essential errands
  • Work from home if you can
  • If you are required to work at a physical location practice careful hygiene and maintain social distancing / disinfect your work area frequently 
  • Isolate at home if you or a member of your household is sick
  • If you need medical attention, call your doctor first.

Read the proclamation at the Governor of Iowa website

Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program Paused Due to Lapse in Appropriations

Small Business Administration EIDL Program Paused Due to Lapse in Appropriations

  • SBA is unable to accept new applications at this time for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)-COVID-19 related assistance program (including EIDL Advances) based on available appropriations funding.

  • Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Iowa Workforce Development Releases Unemployment Claim Data for April 5 - April 11

  • The number of initial claims for this time period was 46,356 (a decrease in initial claims of 20,978 from the week prior). Top industries with claims during the time period are: Health Care and Social Assistance, Manufacturing, and Retail. Read the full statement.
  • The number of continuing weekly unemployment claims is 128,819, up 35,857 from the week prior.
  • Claims in Dubuque County were 1,912.
  • Employers or claimants with questions can email Iowa Workforce Development at uiclaimshelp@iwd.iowa.gov or call them at 1-866-239-0843. Because of the surge of calls, longer wait times are being experienced for phone assistance. Many questions can be answered on their website: http://www.iowaworkorcedevelopment.gov

2,141 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa - There are 2 new cases in Dubuque County, the total is now 39.  The State of Iowa has had 60 deaths related to COVID-19. 


April 15, 2020

America's SBDC Releases Helpful Comparison of Relief Programs

  • Compares Small Business Administration's Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). View the graphic.

State of Iowa Launches Dashboard on County-level COVID-19 Data

  • Includes cases by county, testing information, state-level demographics, and more. View the dashboard.

1,995 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa - There are 2 new cases in Dubuque County, the total is now 37.  The State of Iowa has had 53 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard


April 14, 2020

Small Business Administration Releases Paycheck Protection Program Interim Final Rule

  • Includes Additional Eligibility Criteria and Requirements for Certain Pledges of Loans, how to calculate payroll/income for independent contractors and sole proprietors. Read more
  • FAQ Sheet on PPP was also updated today. 

Dubuque Initiatives Emergency Bridge Loan Program Open for Applicants - Helpline Experiencing High Volume of Calls

  • The Dubuque Initiatives Emergency Bridge Loan program opened this morning for applicants. The Covid-19 Business Helpline is experiencing a high volume of calls, the team appreciates your patience with the process. 
  • Applicants can prepare required some documents in advance.The following documentation is needed to process an application:
    • Copy of the completed application for state or federal assistance with the required supporting documentation from one of the loan programs listed below:
      • Small Business Administration Payroll Protection Program application
      • Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan
      • Iowa Small Business Relief Fund (if you were unable to print your form, the blank questionaire can be reviewed here in order to prepare for the DI application)
    • Entity evidence documentation (Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, Operating Agreement, etc)
    • Driver’s License of authorized signer(s)
    • For ACH: Evidence of bank account ownership ie void check or bank statement Note: Additional items may be requested for approval. Partially submitted data will not be considered or may delay consideration.
  • Ineligible for the program: Businesses that are sole proprietors, independent contractors, and other self-employed individuals with no employees other than himself/herself; non-profit; franchises; or chains.
  • To learn about applicant eligibility and how to apply, read the full media statement.
  • Read the Frequently Asked Questions

1,899 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa - There are no new cases in Dubuque County, the total remains 35.  The State of Iowa has had 49 deaths related to COVID-19. 


April 13, 2020

1,710 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa - There are no new cases in Dubuque County, the total remains 35.  The State of Iowa has had 43 deaths related to COVID-19. 


April 12, 2020

Dubuque Initiatives Launches Bridge Loan Program to Help Dubuque Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 

  • Dubuque Initiatives is partnering with the East Central Intergovernmental Association (ECIA) and the COVID-19 Business Helpline to implement the Dubuque Initiatives Emergency Bridge Loan Program. The program will authorize the use of $2 million of Dubuque Initiatives’ funds to provide bridge financing that employers can use until pending State and Federal financing support is made available to them. 
  • Loans would be a maximum of $10,000 and no interest or fees would be charged to the applicant for 60 days. Upon receipt of State or Federal assistance, the applicant will repay the loan back to Dubuque Initiatives. If a business applies but does not receive State or Federal assistance, the bridge loan will be converted to a three-year, ultra-low-interest loan. 
  • The program is open for applications on Tuesday, April 14th at 8:30 a.m. To learn about applicant eligibility and how to apply, read the full media statement.

Iowa Small Business Relief Grant Round 4 Notifications Have Been Sent - Four rounds of Iowa Small Business Relief Grant award notifications were sent last week. Applicants receiving a grant award received notification and instructions via email. Learn more.

1,587 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa - There are 3 new cases in Dubuque County, the total is now 35.  The State of Iowa has had 41 deaths related to COVID-19. 


April 11, 2020

1,510 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa - There are no new cases in Dubuque County, the total remains at 32.  The State of Iowa has had 34 deaths related to COVID-19. 


April 10, 2020

Iowa Small Business Relief Grant Round 3 Notifications - Three rounds of Iowa Small Business Relief Grant award notifications have been sent this week. Applicants receiving a grant award received notification and instructions via email. Learn more.

Iowa Department of Public Health Issues Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Shortage Order Affecting Health Care Facilities and Workers

Iowa Department of Public Health Offers Guidance for Businesses Experiencing Outbreaks Among Employees

1,388 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa - There is 1 new case in Dubuque County, the total is now 32.  The State of Iowa has had 31 deaths related to COVID-19. 


April 9, 2020

Iowa Small Business Relief Grant Round 2 Notifications - Two rounds of Iowa Small Business Relief Grant award notifications have been sent this week. Applicants receiving a grant award in the first or second round received notification and instructions via email. Learn more.

The Iowa Department of Revenue is still accepting applications for the Small Business Relief Tax Deferral

  • The Iowa Department of Revenue (IDR), Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), and the Governor's Office partnered to provide a small business relief program to businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. While the IEDA deadline for a small business relief grant has expired, IDR will continue receiving applications from businesses requesting a tax deferral. Learn more and apply on the IEDA website.
  • The business tax relief changes included in the CARES Act are federal and will not necessarily automatically apply to Iowa taxes. The Department of Revenue will put out guidance regarding Iowa’s conformity with these changes as soon as possible that will be found here: tax.iowa.gov/COVID-19

Centers for Disease Control Releases Guidance for Essential Employers

  • "Interim Guidance for Implementing Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to a Person with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19" can be seen here.
  • This interim guidance pertains to critical infrastructure workers, including personnel in 16 different sectors of work including: Federal, state, & local law enforcement; 911 call center employees; Fusion Center employees; Hazardous material responders from government and the private sector; Janitorial staff and other custodial staff; Workers – including contracted vendors – in food and agriculture, critical manufacturing, informational technology, transportation, energy and government facilities

 Deadline For IEDA Targeted Small Business Sole Operator Fund 

  • Small businesses without employees who have not been designated as a Targeted Small Business must have an application submitted to the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) by April 10, 2020 to become TSB certified.

Iowa Workforce Development Releases Unemployment Claim Data for March 29 - April 4

  • The number of initial claims for this time period was 67,334. Top industries with claims during the time period are: Accommodation and Food Services, Health Care and Social Assistance, Manufacturing, and Retail. Read the full statement.
  • The number of continuing weekly unemployment claims is 92,962.
  • Claims in Dubuque County were 2,718, up from 1,910 between March 22-28.

1,270 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa - There are 3 new cases in Dubuque County, the total is now 31.  The State of Iowa has had 29 deaths related to COVID-19. 


April 8, 2020

Iowa Workforce Development Hosting Employer Webinar Thursday at Noon

Iowa Small Business Relief Grant Round 1 Notifications Out, State Funding Expanded from $4 million to $24 Million

  • Iowa Small Business Relief Grant award notifications will be made beginning April 7. Applicants receiving a grant award in the first round of funding will receive notification and instructions via email between April 7-10. Learn more.

  • Additional awards will be made from the current pool of applicants. IEDA will not open a new round of applications.

National Endowment for the Arts Releases Guidelines for Disbursement of CARES Act Funds for Nonprofits Art Sector 

1,145 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa - There are no new cases in Dubuque County, the total remains at 28.  The State of Iowa has had 27 deaths related to COVID-19. 


April 7, 2020

Small Business Administration Provides FAQs on Paycheck Protection Program

Iowa Workforce Development Opens Online Submission Option for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Proof of Income 

  • Provisions of the CARES act increased the availability of unemployment insurance benefits to those who are self-employed, independent contractors, nonprofit employees, and gig economy workers,  and those ineligible for state unemployment benefits or have exhausted benefits. Visit the IWD website to learn more and submit proof of income. 

1,048 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa - There are 3 new cases in Dubuque County, the total is now 28.  The State of Iowa has had 26 deaths related to COVID-19. 


April 6, 2020

State Defines Restrictions for Worship Services 

  • Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds’ latest emergency proclamation prohibits “social, community, spiritual, religious, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events of more than 10 people.”  As a result, some worship centers are offering, or are considering, drive-in worship services. Review summary from Dubuque County Public Health Incident Management Team.

Governor Reynolds Signs Proclamation Continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration, Adds New Closures 

  • To encourage further social distancing and mitigation efforts, the proclamation orders additional closures effective at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 7th until Thursday, April 30th: Malls; gaming, music, movie stores; Social/fraternal clubs, incl. those at golf courses; Bingo halls, bowling alleys, pool halls, arcades, and amusement parks; Museums, libraries, aquariums, and zoos; Race tracks; Roller or ice skating rinks and skate parks; playgrounds or children’s play centers; Campgrounds. Read the full statement.

New URL for Dubuque County COVID-19 Webpage

946 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa - There is 1 new case in Dubuque County, the total is now 25.  The State of Iowa has had 25 deaths related to COVID-19. 


April 5, 2020

868 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa - There are no new cases in Dubuque County, the total remains at 24.  The State of Iowa has had 22 deaths related to COVID-19. 


April 4, 2020

786 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa - There are 2 new cases in Dubuque County, the total is now 24. One case initially assigned to Dubuque County, upon further investigation, was determined to be a person who is a resident of Jackson County. The State of Iowa has had 14 deaths related to COVID-19. 


April 3,2020

Small Business Administration Opens Paycheck Protection Program 
**Applications are made through financial institutions--while program is open, check with your lender on specific processes**

  • The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. SBA will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities.

  • Applicants can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. You should consult with your local lender as to whether it is participating in the program. Lenders may begin processing loan applications as soon as April 3, 2020. The Paycheck Protection Program will be available through June 30, 2020.

  • Learn more on the SBA website.

699 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa - There is 1 new case in Dubuque County, the total is now 23. The State of Iowa has had 11 deaths related to COVID-19. 


April 2,2020

Governor Reynolds Signs New Proclamation Continuing State Public Health Emergency 

  • The proclamation orders the closure of schools, waiving time requirements as long as school districts put in place a continuous learning plan until April 30th. Also extends closures and limits placed on bars/restaurants previously identified retail stores, prohibits social gatherings of more than ten people, and continues to ban nonessential and elective surgeries until April 30th. Read the Full Proclamation.

COVID-19 Helpline Expanded for ALL Businesses

  • Helpline established to assist local businesses applying for funding assistance during COVID-19 emergency. Business owners may call 563-588-3350 between 8:30a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday or email sbhelpline@nicc.edu. Learn more.

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

  • The number of initial claims for this time period was 58,453. Top industries with claims during the time period are: Accommodation and Food Services, Health Care and Social Assistance, Manufacturing, and Retail. Read the full statement.
  • Claims in Dubuque County were 1,910, up from 1,273 between March 15-21.

614 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa - There are no new cases in Dubuque County, the total remains at 22. The State of Iowa has had 11 deaths related to COVID-19.


April 1,2020

Department of Labor Issues Temporary Regulation on Employee Leave Under FFCRA

Department of Treasury - Paycheck Protection Program

  • The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which offers forgivable loans through your lender to spend on payroll, rent, mortgage interest and utilities for 8 weeks. See the U.S. Treasury Assistance page for more information.

549 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa - There is one new case in Dubuque County, bringing the total to 22. The State of Iowa has had nine deaths related to COVID-19.