Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

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The City of Dubuque Health Services Department is working in partnership with the Dubuque County Health Department, the Dubuque County Healthcare Preparedness Coalition, and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) to prepare for and minimize the impacts of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, in our community.

STAY HOME, STAY SAFE:  Physical/social distancing is encouraged to slow the spread of the virus.

Recent Updates

MARCH 29: Eight Additional Positive Cases in Dubuque County since Friday
The IDPH has been notified of 102 additional positive cases in Iowa, including eight in Dubuque County, since Friday. The IDPH also issued guidelines for Iowan’s interested in making homemade masks. CLICK HERE for the full announcement.

MARCH 27: Update from the Dubuque County Public Health Incident Management Team
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 56 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19, including two in Dubuque County, for a total of 235 positive cases in Iowa. CLICK HERE for the full announcement.

MARCH 26: Governor Continues and Expands Public Health Emergency Declaration
Gov. Reynolds signed a new proclamation this afternoon continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration. CLICK HERE for the full announcement.

MARCH 26: Update from the Dubuque County Public Health Incident Management Team
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 34 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19, for a total of 179 positive cases. CLICK HERE for the full announcement.

MARCH 24: Dubuque County Resident is Iowa’s First COVID-19 Death
The Dubuque County Public Health Incident Management Team was notified this afternoon by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) that a Dubuque County resident with COVID-19 has passed away. CLICK HERE for the full announcement.

MARCH 24: Update from the Dubuque County Public Health Incident Management Team
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 19 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19, for a total of 124 positive cases in 30 counties. There were no new cases confirmed for Dubuque County so the county’s total remains at 6. CLICK HERE for the full announcement.

MARCH 23: Dubuque Mayor Urges Residents to Stay Home
Dubuque Mayor Roy D. Buol is strongly recommending all residents to voluntarily stay home for at least 14 days in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). CLICK HERE for the full announcement.

MARCH 23: Update from the Dubuque County Public Health Incident Management Team
Two more positive cases were confirmed in Dubuque County. This update also includes information on additional testing, self-isolation for those who traveled out of state, notification of exposure to COVID-19, new temporary business closures, and the suspension of property foreclosures. CLICK HERE for the full update.

MARCH 22: Two More Cases Confirmed in Dubuque County
This brings the Dubuque County total to four positive cases and the Iowa total to 90. CLICK HERE for the full IDPH announcement

MARCH 21: Second Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Dubuque County
A second case of coronavirus(COVID-19) was confirmed in Dubuque County. CLICK HERE for the full announcement.

MARCH 19: First Case of COVID-19 Confirmed in Dubuque County
A case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been confirmed in Dubuque County. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), the individual is self-isolating at home. CLICK HERE for the full announcement.

MARCH 17: Mayor Declares State of Emergency in Dubuque
Gatherings of 10 or more people are prohibited, some City facilities are closed to the public, and many City activities and programs are canceled. CLICK HERE for the full announcement.

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What You Can Do To Protect Yourself and Others

Even if you are young, or otherwise healthy, you are at risk and your activities can increase the risk of others. It is critical that you do your part to slow the spread of COVID-19.

  • Stay home as much as possible.
  • Avoid all unnecessary contact with others.
  • Only go out for essentials like food, medicine, and health care.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, counter tops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. The Iowa Department of Public Health offers detailed cleaning and disinfection guidance.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. 
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow/inside of arm.
  • Stay home if you are sick and do not go out in public until you are free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer) or have signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 72 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. Tylenol, ibuprofen, cough suppressants), and at least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.

Are You at Higher Risk for Severe Illness?

COVID-19 is a new disease and there is limited information regarding risk factors for severe disease. Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. The CDC has information on additional measures those at higher risk should take.

COVID-19 Symptoms

If you suspect you are infected with COVID-19, call ahead before visiting a medical facility so they can prepare. Do not go to an emergency room with mild symptoms. The symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath

Call your doctor right away if you experience these symptoms and have:

  • been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, or
  • recently traveled from an area with ongoing community spread

The CDC has a factsheet with more information about what to do if you are sick with COVID-19.

About Coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • The virus causing COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified, and causes a respiratory illness ranging from a mild cold-like illness to severe respiratory disease.
  • Similar to influenza, the people who are most likely to have severe disease and complications from COVID-19 are believed to be the very old, very young and those with other chronic or underlying medical conditions.
  • No vaccine or treatment is currently available for COVID-19, so prevention is very important.

How the virus spreads

  • COVID-19 is believed to spread primarily the same way the common cold or flu spreads—through respiratory droplets that are produced when someone coughs or sneezes.
  • People who are most at risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 are those who have been in close contact (within about 6 feet) with someone who has the disease. 
  • People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).

View a list of COVID-19 FAQs