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May 7, 2020 5:31 PM

May 7: Governor’s New Proclamation & Dubuque County

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds issued a new proclamation on Wednesday evening, March 6, that has some statewide implications and some that apply to the 22-county group that includes Dubuque County.

Statewide, the proclamation permits dental services to resume in compliance with guidelines adopted by the Iowa Dental Board, permits some additional businesses and establishments to reopen throughout Iowa in a limited fashion with appropriate public health measures in place, and more.

Statewide, the following businesses may reopen as of 5 a.m. tomorrow (Friday, May 8), if specific safety measures are taken: campgrounds, drive-in movie theatres, tanning facilities, medical spas, and other retail establishments (including: bookstores; clothing stores; shoe stores; jewelry stores; luggage stores; cosmetic, beauty, or perfume stores; florists; furniture and home furnishing stores; tobacco, cigarette, cigar, or vaping stores; toy, gaming, music instrument, and movie stores; and adult entertainment stores).

In Dubuque County, and 21 other counties, the following businesses may reopen as of 5 a.m. on Friday, May 8, with certain restrictions outlined in the proclamation: fitness centers, malls, and some other retail establishments NOT listed in the following paragraph. Before reopening, any business should refer to the Governor’s proclamation for detailed restrictions and requirements.

The following businesses will remain closed through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 15: restaurants and bars, swimming pools, salons, barbershops, libraries, and race tracks.

Read the Governor’s full proclamation at

A summary of the proclamation’s impact for Dubuque County is available at

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) was notified of 655 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Iowa, including 12 additional cases in Dubuque County. Iowa now has a total of 11,059 positive cases and Dubuque County has 175.

12 additional deaths were reported today for Iowa, bringing the state total to 231.
As of May 5, 15 Dubuque County residents are currently hospitalized due to COVID-19. Statewide, 414 Iowans are hospitalized and 4,266 Iowans are recovering or have recovered.

1,757 Dubuque County residents have been tested to date, for a 10% positive testing rate. Statewide, 66,427 Iowans have been tested for a 16.6% positive testing rate.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19, including an interactive map with county, regional, and long-term care outbreak information, visit For COVID-19 information specific to Dubuque County, visit

Dubuque County COVID-19 Video Update
Today’s video update from the Dubuque County Public Health Incident Management Team includes discussion on today’s case totals and the new state website, the governor’s decision to reopen parts of the state, and the importance of personal responsibility. Watch the video at

Stay Home, Stay Safe, and Take the TestIowa Assessment at

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