Archived March 2020 COVID-19 Updates

March 31,2020

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Goes into Effect April 1, 2020 - Mandatory Poster on FFCRA Employee Rights Available for Download

497 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa - There are no new cases in Dubuque County, the total remains at 21. The State of Iowa has had seven deaths related to COVID-19. 


March 30,2020

Summary Available for Employer on Federal Funding in Response to COVID-19

Iowa Workforce Development updates leave policy for employees impacted by COVID-19 layoffs

  • Iowa Workforce Development has implemented updates to its leave policy for filing unemployment insurance benefits following the enactment of the CARES Act. Effective immediately, employees who are or will be laid off, or are unable to work for reasons related to COVID-19, will no longer be required to use all paid leave prior to being eligible for unemployment insurance benefits.  This change is not retroactive and claims will not be backdated prior to the week of March 29, 2020, for new or existing claims by individuals who work for employers. Visit Iowa Workforce Development website.

424 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa - 5 new cases in Dubuque County, bringing total to 21. The State of Iowa has had six deaths related to COVID-19. 


March 29,2020

336 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa - 4 new cases in Dubuque County, bringing total to 16. The State of Iowa has had four deaths related to COVID-19. 


March 28,2020

298 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa - 4 new cases in Dubuque County, bringing total to 12. The State of Iowa has had three deaths related to COVID-19. 


March 27,2020

235 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa - 2 new cases in Dubuque County, bringing total to 8. The State of Iowa has had three deaths related to COVID-19. 


March 26,2020

Governor Reynolds Signs New Proclamation Continuing State Public Health Emergency

  • Extended closures of restaurants/bars, fitness centers, swimming pools, salons, medical spas, barbershops, tattoo shops, theaters, tanning facilities, casinos, senior citizen centers, and mass gatherings until 11:59 p.m. on April 7, 2020
  • Included non-essential retail closures: bookstores, clothing stores, shoe stores, jewelry stores, luggage stores, cosmetic/beauty/perfume stores, florists, and furniture and home furnishing stores until 11:59 on April 7, 2020.
  • Does not affect grocery stores, pharmacies, medical supply, or discount stores that sell these essential supplies.
  • Proclamation also includes new rules for elective dentistry and telehealth coverage by health insurers. Read the full proclamation

Small Business Development Center - NE Iowa, Northeast Iowa Community College, and Greater Dubuque Development Launch Small Business Helpline

  • Helpline established to assist local small 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 15-21

  • The number of initial claims for this time period was 40,952. Top industries with claims during the time period are: Accommodation and Food Services, Health Care and Social Assistance, Education Services. Read the full statement.

179 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa - No new cases in Dubuque County, remain at 6. 


March 25,2020

Targeted Small Business Sole Operator Fund

  • A fund has been created to support Targeted Small Businesses (TSB) with zero employees that have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program offers eligible small businesses grants ranging from $5,000-$10,000 to businesses that are sole proprietors or single-member LLCs that are also TSB certified, or have an application submitted to the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) by April 10, 2020 to become TSB certified. Learn more and apply.
  • **Processed in order of receipt and submission of required documents until funds are exhausted**

145 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa - No new cases in Dubuque County, remain at 6.


March 24,2020

Dubuque County Resident is Iowa's First COVID-19 Death

City of Dubuque Suspends Parking Fees in City-Owned Ramps & Lots

State of Iowa Launches COVID-19 Website

Iowa Small Business Relief Fund Applications Open *closed March 31st*

  • The Iowa Economic Development Authority is now taking applications for the Iowa Small Business Relief Fund. The program offers eligible small businesses grants ranging from $5,000-$25,000 in addition to offering Iowa businesses a deferral of sales and use or withholding taxes due and waiver of penalty and interest.

Governor Reynolds Announces Unemployment Insurance Tax Extension for Small Businesses

  • First quarter unemployment tax payments that are due April 30th will be delayed till the end of the 2nd quarter, July 31, 2020.  Eligible employers include those employers with 50 or fewer employees. Eligible employers also must be in good standing with no delinquencies in quarterly payments. Read the full statement to see qualifications.
  • For an employer who elects to take advantage of the extension, please contact our Unemployment Insurance Tax division at either 1-888-848-7442 or by sending an email to Q1tax@iwd.iowa.gov.   If an employer would like to request additional time to pay the tax, please contact the Unemployment Insurance Tax Division. IWD recommends sending an email versus a phone call as there is a high call volume during this time that may lead to extended wait times.  Employers must notify IWD of intent to delay payment by Friday, April 24th at 4:30 pm.

124 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa - No new cases in Dubuque County, remain at 6. 


March 23,2020

Dubuque Mayor Urges Residents to Stay Home

Request for Donations of Masks and Personal Protective Equipment

  • To aid our Greater Dubuque area health care providers, we are requesting donations of N95 masks and Personal Protective Equipment. Donations can be coordinated with the Dubuque County Emergency Management office. Read our full request here. 

Iowa Small Business Relief Fund

  • Governor Reynolds announced a new Iowa Small Business Relief Program that will provide financial assistance to small businesses and tax deferrals to any Iowa businesses that have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  **Program deadline was Tuesday, March 31.

Webinars Scheduled with U.S. Small Business Administration on Small Business Assistance

105 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa - Includes 6 cases in Dubuque County. 


March 22,2020

Governor Reynolds Signs New Proclamation Continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration

  • Closes salons, medical spas, barbershops, tattoo establishments, tanning facilities, massage therapists, and swimming pools from March 22nd to March 31st.
  • Professional licensing relief to remove barriers for healthcare professionals helping in the effort, prevents expiration of license during disaster
  • Includes other actions related to the disaster. Read the full proclamation on the Governor's website.

90 Confirmed Cases in the State of Iowa - Includes 4 cases in Dubuque County. 


March 21, 2020

U.S. SBA Issues Economic Injury Disaster Loan Declaration for Iowa


March 20, 2020

Tax Day now July 15: Treasury, IRS extend filing deadline and federal tax payments regardless of amount owed

Treasury, IRS and Labor announce plan to implement Coronavirus-related paid leave for workers and tax credits for small and midsize businesses to swiftly recover the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave

  • For COVID-19 related reasons, employees receive up to 80 hours of paid sick leave and expanded paid child care leave when employees' children's schools are closed or child care providers are unavailable.
  • Employers receive 100% reimbursement for paid leave pursuant to the Act.
    - Health insurance costs are also included in the credit.
    - Employers face no payroll tax liability.
    - Self-employed individuals receive an equivalent credit.

  • Employers with fewer than 50 employees are eligible for an exemption from the requirements to provide leave to care for a child whose school is closed, or child care is unavailable in cases where the viability of the business is threatened.

  • Visit the IRS Website to learn more