June 2020 Covid-19 Archives

June 15, 2020

New and Revised Guidance on Paycheck Protection Program

  • On June 12th, the Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, issued new and revised guidance for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  This guidance implements the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA) and expands eligibility for businesses with owners who have past felony convictions.
  • As described in detail in our June 5 update, the new rule updates provisions relating to loan maturity, deferral of loan payments, and forgiveness provisions.
  • SBA issued revised PPP application forms (Borrower form, Lender Form) to conform to these changes.  SBA will issue additional guidance regarding loan forgiveness and a revised forgiveness application to implement the PPPFA in the near future.

24,041 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,113 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 385 positive cases and 71 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 652 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard.  

June 12, 2020

23,166 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,087 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 380 positive cases and 69 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 641 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

June 11, 2020

Iowa Workforce Development Releases Unemployment Claim Data for May 31 - June 6

  • The number of initial claims for this time period was 10,112. 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 159,966, down 2,596 from the previous week (does not include individuals receiving federal payments only).
  • Initial claims for Dubuque County is 330.
  • Employers or claimants with questions can email Iowa Workforce Development at uiclaimshelp@iwd.iowa.gov or call them at 1-866-239-0843.

22,785 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,065 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 375 positive cases and 65 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 638 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

Governor Reynolds Announces More Easing of Restrictions, Starting Friday

  • The proclamation includes lifting the 50% capacity restrictions for businesses, although Reynolds is asking certain businesses like restaurants, bars, and movie theaters to ensure customers and employees maintain the recommended six feet of social distancing. The proclamation still encourages all vulnerable Iowans, in all counties, to continue to limit their activities outside of the home. Read the proclamation.

June 10, 2020

Dubuque County Board of Health Adopts "Mask of Wellness"

  • The Mask of Wellness initiative is intended to boost consumer and employee confidence knowing an employer is following three basic COVID-19 prevention practices: wearing masks, practicing good hygiene (washing hands, cleaning and sanitizing, and social distancing), and performing daily health self-certification of employees.
  • Employers can sign up to be included on the site, based on the honor system. Customers can refer to the directory to see participating employers. 

22,454 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 2,046 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 372 positive cases and 62 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 629 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

June 9, 2020

22,179 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 1,973 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 372 positive cases and 62 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 622 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

June 8, 2020

21,919 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 1,972 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 365 positive cases and 62 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 606 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

June 5, 2020

Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act passed to help recipients

  • The bill amends the PPP and provides recipients with more flexibility. Important updates include:
    • The loan forgiveness period has increased from eight weeks to 24 weeks
    • The 75% payroll/25% non-payroll requirement for loan forgiveness has been changed to 60/40
    • The Loan Repayment Period has increased from two years to five years
    • Allows payroll tax deferral for PPP recipients
    • Extends the June 30th rehiring deadline to December 31, 2020
  • Learn more or call the Small Business Helpline at 563-588-3350 

Free Webinar on June 17th, "Return to the Office"

  • Webinar hosted by the Telegraph Herald brings together local experts to talk about the legal, medical, and operational best practices. Register or learn more on our Safe at Work in Greater Dubuque page. 

21,093 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 1,917 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 356 positive cases and 60 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 589 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

June 4, 2020

Iowa Workforce Development Releases Unemployment Claim Data for May 24 - May 30

  • The number of initial claims for this time period was 6,920. 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 165,195, down 13,000 from the previous week (does not include individuals receiving federal payments only).
  • Initial claims for Dubuque County is 204.
  • Employers or claimants with questions can email Iowa Workforce Development at uiclaimshelp@iwd.iowa.gov or call them at 1-866-239-0843.

20,706 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 1,907 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 354 positive cases and 60 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 578 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

June 3, 2020

20,012 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 1,876 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 350 positive cases and 57 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 564 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

June 2, 2020

Iowa Economic Development Authority Releases Reopening Guidance

19,952 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 1,875 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 350 positive cases and 57 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 558 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

June 1, 2020

19,688 Total Positive Cases in the State of Iowa, 1,869 Positive Serology Tests (as of 10:00 a.m.)

  • Dubuque County has a total of 346 positive cases and 56 positive serology tests. The State has had a total of 538 deaths related to COVID-19. Visit the COVID-19 Dashboard

Iowa Small Business Relief Grant Third Phase -  Rounds 24 & 25 Notifications Sent

  • Last week, another phase of Iowa Small Business Relief Grant award notifications were sent. Applicants receiving a grant award received notification and instructions via email. Learn more.