Archived December 2020 Covid-19 Updates

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