CDC Designates Dubuque County with High Level of Community Transmission
Today the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) changed its designation of Dubuque County from a "substantial" level of community transmission of COVID-19 to "high."
The CDC's determination of the level of community transmission includes new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population over the last seven days and the percentage of positive diagnostic tests in the last seven days. There are four levels of transmission: low, moderate, substantial, and high.
Based on this designation from the CDC, the Dubuque County Public Health Incident Management team encourages all residents, regardless of their vaccination status, to follow these guidelines to reduce their risk of becoming infected with the Delta variant and potentially spreading it to others:
Wear a mask in all public indoor settings.
- Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (https://dubuquecounty.org/565/Local-COVID-19-Testing-Options).
- Isolate if you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the prior 10 days or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
- Get tested 3-5 days after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days after exposure or until you receive a negative test result.
- Continue to follow any applicable federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations.
For more information on community transmission in Dubuque and other counties in Iowa and the US, visit https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-view