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Posted on: September 15, 2020

Local COVID-19 Update, September 15, 2020

20 New Cases and One Death in Dubuque County, 462 New Cases and 11 Deaths Statewide

20 New Cases and One Death in Dubuque County, 462 New Cases and 11 Deaths Statewide

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


  • Dubuque County: 20 new cases. Total confirmed cases to date = 2,418
  • Iowa: 462 new cases. Total confirmed cases to date = 75,277

Dubuque County EPI-Curve (3.15-9.15) - 9.15.20 (JPG)


  • Dubuque County: One additional death. Total deaths to date = 38
  • Iowa: 11 additional deaths. Total deaths to date = 1,233

TESTING & POSITIVITY RATE (As reported by the Iowa Department of Public Health)

Dubuque County:

  • 109 more individuals tested. Total residents tested to date = 26,680
  • Dubuque County Test Positivity Rate: 14-day average = 11.8%, average to date = 9.1%.


  • 3,495 more individuals tested. Total Iowa residents tested to date = 707,183
  • Iowa Test Positivity Rate: 14-day average = 8.6%, average to date = 10.6%

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Cases per Capita Population (9.14) - 9.15.20 (JPG)


  • Dubuque County: Hospitalized = 16 as of Sept. 13. Same as Sept. 12.
  • Iowa: Currently hospitalized = 284. (12 more than yesterday.)


  • Dubuque County: New recoveries = 23. Total number of recoveries = 1,815
  • Iowa: New recoveries = 920. Total number of recoveries = 54,268

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: 36 outbreaks (Two more than reported yesterday)

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

Sept. 14 Video Update

Yesterday’s video update from the Dubuque County Public Health Incident Management Team includes a review of county and statewide statistics, factors contributing to the increase in local case counts and test positivity rates, testing per capita, outbreaks at childcare centers, research on close contact with confirmed cases, and more. Watch the video at

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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Media Contact
Randy Gehl, Public Information Officer
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This message is from the Dubuque County Public Health Incident Management Team, which includes staff from the from the Dubuque County Health Department, City of Dubuque Health Department, Dubuque County Emergency Management Agency, and the Dubuque Visiting Nurse Association.

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