July 2020 Covid-19 Archives


July 30, 2020

State Department of Education Releases Return to Learn Guidance

  • New guidance sets thresholds for hybrid learning and strategy for containing spread of outbreaks in schools. 

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

  • The number of initial claims for this time period was 7,441. 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 8,811 (a decrease of 694) and continuing claims to 115,930 (a decrease of 880 for a total decrease of 1,574).
  • Initial claims data for Dubuque County is 275.
  • Employers or claimants with questions can email Iowa Workforce Development at uiclaimshelp@iwd.iowa.gov or call them at 1-866-239-0843.

43,778 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,735 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.) Dubuque County has a total of 1,427 positive cases and 119 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 854 deaths related to COVID-19. 


July 29, 2020

43,196 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,725 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.) Dubuque County has a total of 1,398 positive cases and 116 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 839 deaths related to COVID-19. 


July 28, 2020

42,738 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,715 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.) Dubuque County has a total of 1,377 positive cases and 115 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 836 deaths related to COVID-19.


July 27, 2020

Updates made to Safe at Work in Greater Dubuque

  • Safe at Work booklet was updated to reflect new CDC guidance on utilizing a symptom-based rather than a test-based strategy for positive COVID-19 employees to end home isolation and return to work. 

42,485 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,704 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.) Dubuque County has a total of 1,363 positive cases and 113 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 829 deaths related to COVID-19. 


July 24, 2020

40,960 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,670 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.) Dubuque County has a total of 1,309 positive cases and 108 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 820 deaths related to COVID-19. 


July 23, 2020

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

  • The number of initial claims for this time period was 9,505. 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 10,653 (a decrease of 472) and continuing claims to 134,284 (a decrease of 2,752 for a total decrease of 3,224). 
  • Initial claims data for Dubuque County is 305.
  • Employers or claimants with questions can email Iowa Workforce Development at uiclaimshelp@iwd.iowa.gov or call them at 1-866-239-0843.

40,509 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,658 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.) Dubuque County has a total of 1,277 positive cases and 108 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 815 deaths related to COVID-19. 


July 22, 2020

39,793 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,641 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.) Dubuque County has a total of 1,239 positive cases and 105 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 808 deaths related to COVID-19. 


July 21, 2020

39,419 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,627 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.) Dubuque County has a total of 1,217 positive cases and 105 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 798 deaths related to COVID-19. 


July 20, 2020

Changes to Operations at Dubuque Test Iowa Site

  • The Iowa Governor’s Office has directed Epic Health & Wellness to change operations at the Test Iowa Clinic being offered at the clinic at 1075 Cedar Cross Rd. in Dubuque. Read the statement from the City of Dubuque.

  • As a result, testing at this location will be limited to 100 tests per day and the Dubuque Visiting Nurses Association will no longer be allowed to assist residents with assessments by phone. 

  • The new schedule for the Test Iowa Clinic at 1075 Cedar Cross Road in Dubuque will be from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m., Monday through Thursday.  If the site reaches the maximum of 100 tests before 7 a.m., testing will be suspended until the next scheduled day.  The schedule for the remainder of this week is: 
    •    Tuesday, July 21:  6 a.m. - 7 a.m. 
    •    Wednesday, July 22:  6 a.m. - 7 a.m. 
    •    Thursday, July 23:  6 a.m. - 7 a.m. 
    •    Friday, July 24:  No Testing 

Updates made to Safe at Work in Greater Dubuque

Centers for Disease Control Releases Streamlined Toolkits

  • The CDC has organized their Covid-19 information into on-stop shop toolkits for businesses, colleges and universities, school programs, and the general public
  • Visit their website for videos, Social Media, PSAs, Print Resources, Checklists, FAQs, and Web Resources

38,907 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,606 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.) Dubuque County has a total of 1,191 positive cases and 105 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 793 deaths related to COVID-19. 


July 17, 2020

Iowa Economic Development Authority Opens Small Business Utility Assistance Program for Applications

  • The assistance will only cover electric and natural gas utilities, up to $7,500, for the period of March, 17th 2020 – June 30th 2020. These funds will go directly to utility providers from IEDA to cover the recipients bill. The business will never actually receive the funds themselves.
  • The program will run through August 21st, 2020, or until the funds are exhausted.
  • Businesses are requires to complete a “Pre-Application Checklist" before being taken to the application process.
  • Visit the IEDA website to learn more, including eligbility requirements.    
  • With questions about this or other assistance programs, call the COVID-19 Business Helpline at 563-588-3350 M-F from 8:30 - 4:00 or email sbhelpline@nicc.edu.  

37,616 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,514 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.) Dubuque County has a total of 1,128 positive cases and 105 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 782 deaths related to COVID-19. 


July 16, 2020

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

  • The number of initial claims for this time period was 11,125. 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 9,957 (a decrease of 741) and continuing claims to 134,215 (a decrease of 962 for a total decrease of 1,703)
  • Initial claims data for Dubuque County is 332.
  • Employers or claimants with questions can email Iowa Workforce Development at uiclaimshelp@iwd.iowa.gov or call them at 1-866-239-0843.

36,737 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,489 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.) Dubuque County has a total of 1,074 positive cases and 102 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 777 deaths related to COVID-19. 


July 15, 2020

36,036 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,459 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.) Dubuque County has a total of 1,027 positive cases and 102 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 759 deaths related to COVID-19. 


July 14, 2020

35,830 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,445 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.) Dubuque County has a total of 1,011 positive cases and 100 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 755 deaths related to COVID-19.


July 13, 2020

SBA Closes EIDL Advance Program - EIDL Loan Program Remains Open

  • The loan portion of the EIDL program continues to have funds available, including a 3.75% interest rate for small businesses and 2.75% for non-profit organizations, a 30-year maturity, and an automatic deferment of one year before monthly payments begin.

35,462 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,434 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.) Dubuque County has a total of 983 positive cases and 100 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 752 deaths related to COVID-19. 


July 10, 2020

33,756 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,406 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.) Dubuque County has a total of 805 positive cases and 98 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 739 deaths related to COVID-19. 


July 9, 2020

IRS Releases Updated Tax Credit Documentation 

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

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

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

33,012 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,392 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.) Dubuque County has a total of 859 positive cases and 98 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 742 deaths related to COVID-19. 


July 8, 2020

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

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

32,343 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,381 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.) Dubuque County has a total of 754 positive cases and 97 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 732 deaths related to COVID-19. 


July 7, 2020

31,929 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,371 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.) Dubuque County has a total of 725 positive cases and 96 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 725 deaths related to COVID-19. 


July 6, 2020

Paycheck Protection Program Reopened - New Deadline August 8, 2020

31,656 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,365 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.) Dubuque County has a total of 700 positive cases and 96 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 721 deaths related to COVID-19. 

 


July 2, 2020

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

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

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

29,966 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,338 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.) Dubuque County has a total of 579 positive cases and 95 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 717 deaths related to COVID-19. 


July 1, 2020

29,290 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,311 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.) Dubuque County has a total of 529 positive cases and 91 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 717 deaths related to COVID-19.