Surge Continues in Dubuque County
Even though over 55% of Dubuque County residents are vaccinated, new case numbers continue to increase well above the CDC's "high community transmission" threshold rate of 100/100,000 population in the last seven days. Immunocompromised and unvaccinated individuals, along with children under 12 who are not eligible to be vaccinated, comprise approximately 43% of Dubuque county’s population and continue to be at highest risk.
Demand for Tests
The demand for COVID-19 tests continues to increase in Dubuque County with some providers no longer offering rapid tests due to supply or staffing issues and some providers reporting inventory issues with over-the-counter purchased tests. Test Iowa take-home test kits are still available from local distributors. Please utilize testing services or take-home test kits available from local providers, pharmacies, and public health. For details, visit www.dubuquecountyiowa.gov/565/Local-COVID-19-Testing-Options
Residents are urged to NOT visit emergency departments/rooms for testing or mild COVID symptoms.
Planning Under Way for Boosters
As we await final FDA and ACIP approval for the third booster dose of COVID-19 vaccinations, the Dubuque County Public Health Incident Management Team is working with vaccine providers and doctors offices to develop plans for the administration of booster doses. There is no need to contact your doctor at this time to schedule a booster shot. Please stay tuned for additional information as plans for community and healthcare provider vaccine sites and opportunities are finalized.
Protect Yourself, Your Family, and Your Community
There are a number of things Iowans can do to protect themselves and others from COVID-19 and prevent spreading the virus in their communities:
- Get vaccinated
- Wear a mask in public indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status
- Social distance in public settings
- Stay home if you are sick
- Get tested for COVID if you have symptoms or were exposed