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December 10, 2020 11:57 AM

Dec. 10 COVID-19 Update

White House Task Force: 'Mitigation Efforts Must Increase'

The Dec. 6 White House Coronavirus Task Force Report states:

100% of all counties in Iowa have moderate or high levels of community transmission (yellow, orange, or red zones), with 95% having high levels of community transmission (red zone).

Iowa had 512 new cases per 100,000 population, compared to a national average of 385 per 100,000.

Mitigation efforts must increase, including the implementation of key state and local policies with an additional focus on uniform behavioral change including masking, physical distancing, hand hygiene, no indoor gatherings outside of immediate households, and aggressive testing to find the asymptomatic individuals responsible for the majority of infectious spread.

Encouraging signs as cases and new hospital admissions have plateaued; however, this should be viewed very cautiously since there was a 40% reduction of PCR testing over the past week and nearly 50% of nursing homes have at least one positive staff member. There are still very high virus levels across the state; activities that were safe in the summer are not safe now. Keep mitigation efforts high.

Read the full report at https://www.cityofdubuque.org/DocumentCenter/View/47387/Dec-6-White-House-Coronavirus-Task-Force-Report---IOWA


24-HOUR CHANGES & NEW TOTALS
(11 a.m. yesterday to 11 a.m. today):

POSITIVE CASES
Dubuque County: 66 new cases. Total confirmed cases to date = 9,828
Iowa: 2,246 new cases. Total confirmed cases to date = 251,028

ACTIVE CASES
Dubuque County: 2,097 active cases (83 fewer than yesterday)

DEATHS
Dubuque County
4 new deaths.
Total deaths related to COVID to date = 123
Underlying Cause Deaths = 116, Contributing Factor Deaths = 7

Iowa
99 new deaths.
Total deaths related to COVID to date = 3,120
Underlying Cause Deaths = 2,865, Contributing Factor Deaths = 255

HOSPITALIZATIONS
Dubuque County Residents Hospitalized = 34 as of Dec. 8. (4 more than Dec. 6)
Iowans Currently Hospitalized = 863 (31 fewer than yesterday.)

TESTING
Dubuque County
161 more individuals tested.
Total individuals tested to date = 45,592
Total tests to date = 104,680

Iowa
6,170 more individuals tested.
Total individuals tested to date = 1,268,076
Total tests to date = 2,665,315

PERCENT POSITIVE CASES
% Positive Cases average is calculated by the sum total of Individuals Positive divided by the sum total of Total Individuals Tested for the past period of days (14 or 7).

Dubuque County
Past 14-day average = 12.9%
Past 7-day average = 9.8%

Iowa
Past 14-day average = 15.6%
Past 7-day average = 11.6%

RECOVERIES
Dubuque County: New recoveries = 145. Total number of recoveries = 7,608
Iowa: New recoveries = 4,362. Total number of recoveries = 177,800

LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY OUTBREAKS
Dubuque County:
5 long-term care facility outbreaks (same yesterday) with 144 positive cases (4 more than yesterday), 14 new positive cases in the last 14 days, and 80 recoveries (same as yesterday):

Bethany Home, Dubuque (5 positive cases, 0 in the last 14 days, and 0 recoveries)

Dubuque Specialty Care, Dubuque (73 positive cases, 1 in the last 14 days, and 54 recoveries)

ManorCare Health Services, Dubuque (22 positive cases, 5 in the last 14 days, and 12 recoveries)

Shady Rest Care Center, Cascade (22 positive cases, 1 in the last 14 days, and 7 recoveries)

Stonehill Care Center, Dubuque (22 positive cases, 7 in the last 14 days, and 7 recoveries)

Iowa: 142 outbreaks (1 more than yesterday) with 5,752 positive cases, 2,696 recoveries, and 1,129 deaths to date.

Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation modifying public health measures

Gov. Reynolds signed a new Public Health Disaster proclamation yesterday that modifies existing public health measures designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

The proclamation continues to require that when people are in an indoor public space, and unable to social distance for 15 minutes or longer, masks are required to be worn. The same requirements apply to visitors and employees inside most State buildings. Additional mask requirements are imposed for certain specific establishments or gatherings.

The proclamation also continues to limit indoor social, community, business, or leisure gatherings or events to no more than 15 people. This includes wedding and funeral receptions, festivals, and conventions. Outdoor gatherings continue to be limited to no more than 30 people.

For high school-sponsored events, the proclamation permits two spectators for each high school athlete, performer, competitor, or staff member participating in the gathering and now includes cheerleaders and band members. The same is true for other sporting and recreational events, including youth and adult sporting events, which can now resume.

These new measures took effect today and continue through December 16, 2020. Complete details are available at https://governor.iowa.gov/press-release/gov-reynolds-signs-new-proclamation-modifying-public-health-measures-0

For the most current information on COVID-19, visit https://coronavirus.iowa.gov.

For COVID-19 information specific to Dubuque County, visit www.dubuquecounty.org/COVID19

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