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August 27, 2020 2:01 PM

Aug. 27 Local COVID-19 Update

Governor Reynolds Issues New Public Health Disaster Proclamation

Governor Reynolds issued a new emergency proclamation today with additional measures to help limit the community spread of COVID-19 in Iowa. The proclamation strongly encourages all Iowans two or older to wear a mask or other face covering when in public settings, especially in circumstances when it is not possible to remain six feet away from others outside their household, unless it is unsafe to do so because of health or disability.

Citing significant increases in the number of new COVID-19 cases among young adults, especially 19-24 year olds, Reynolds also announced that, effective 5 p.m. today, bars, taverns, breweries, and nightclubs will be closed in six Iowa counties: Black Hawk, Dallas, Johnson, Linn, Polk, and Story until Sept. 20.

These new public health measures remain in effect until September 20, 2020. Read the full announcement at:

Watch Governor Reynolds press conference, held at 11 a.m. today, at

(11 a.m. yesterday to 11 a.m. today):

Dubuque County: 26 new cases. Total confirmed cases to date = 1,955
Iowa: 1,477 new cases, a new 24-hour record for the state and the highest daily increase since April. Total confirmed cases to date = 59,496

Dubuque County: No additional deaths. Total deaths to date = 36
Iowa: 18 additional deaths. Total deaths to date = 1,080

Dubuque County:
223 more individuals tested.
Total residents tested to date = 23,476
Dubuque County Test Positivity Rate:
14-day average = 7.1%, average to date = 8.3%.

7,477 more individuals tested.
Total Iowa residents tested to date = 615,012
Iowa Test Positivity Rate:
14-day average = 9.2%, average to date = 9.7%

Dubuque County: Hospitalized = 9 as of Aug. 25 (same as Aug. 24).
Iowa: Currently hospitalized = 305. Down 8 from yesterday.

NOTE: Due to severe weather conditions on August 10, 2020, some Iowans being treated for COVID-19 in a long-term care facility or at home may be transferred to a hospital or other health care facility for temporary treatment due to damage to their place of residence. This may cause hospitalization data or other data on the site to fluctuate in the short term.

Dubuque County: New recoveries = 23. Total number of recoveries = 1,477
Iowa: New recoveries = 508. Total number of recoveries = 45,378

A positive COVID-19 patient is considered recovered if it has been at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared, they have gone at least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication, and symptoms have improved.

Dubuque County: No long-term care facility outbreaks.
Iowa: 3 outbreaks (two more than yesterday)

For the most current information on COVID-19, visit
For COVID-19 information specific to Dubuque County, visit

Free Local Testing Opportunities
The Dubuque Test Iowa Clinic, operated by Epic Health and Wellness, continues to offer free COVID-19 testing for any Iowan. To be tested at this location, you must first take the Test Iowa assessment at All testing at this location is by appointment, Monday through Thursday. After taking the assessment, appointments can be made by calling 563.583.6595 or scheduled online.

Hartig Drug Company pharmacies and Union Family Pharmacy are also offering free COVID-19 test collection, also by appointment, in Dubuque. This free COVID-19 test collection program is not affiliated with Test Iowa and is implemented in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and eTrueNorth, a laboratory services company focused on enhancing pharmacies’ access to diagnostic laboratory testing.

Test collection sites for this program can be found at The online portal helps patients make test collection appointments. Any individual, regardless of their state of residence, is eligible to test, even if they are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

Please note that advance registration is required and test collection schedules vary by site. To register, or for more information, visit

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