Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

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The City of Dubuque Health Services Department is working in partnership with the Dubuque County Health Department, the Dubuque County Healthcare Preparedness Coalition, and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) to prepare for and minimize the impacts of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, in our community.

Physical/social distancing is encouraged to slow the spread of the virus.

Dubuque County Current Status

Updated April 7, 2020

Total Confirmed Cases


Child (0-17)


Adult (18-40)


Middle Adults (41-60)


Older Adults (61-80)


Elderly (81-) 


Recent Updates

APRIL 7: Three More Cases in Dubuque County and 102 Additional Cases in Iowa 
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of three additional positive cases in Dubuque County, one adult (18-40 years), one middle age (41-60 years),  and one older adult (61-80 years).  This brings the total number of positive cases confirmed in Dubuque County to 28. CLICK HERE for the full update.

APRIL 6: 78 Additional Cases and 3 Deaths in Iowa, One More Case in Dubuque County 
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 78 additional positive cases in Iowa for a total of 946 positive cases. One additional positive case, a middle-age adult (41-60 years), was reported for Dubuque County. Three additional deaths were reported or Iowa today. CLICK HERE for the full update.


City Service Changes Due to COVID-19

The City of Dubuque has made significant changes to some services and processes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for a comprehensive, up-to-date listing.

Trusted Information Sources

COVID-19 Hotlines

  • Dubuque Visiting Nurses Association: 563.556.6200 
    Available 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday - Sunday. If you need to leave a message, your call will be returned as soon as possible between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

  • IDPH 24/7 Public Hotline: 2-1-1 or 1-800-244-7431
    Available 24/7 for Iowans with questions about COVID-19.

What You Can Do To Protect Yourself and Others

Even if you are young, or otherwise healthy, you are at risk and your activities can increase the risk of others. It is critical that you do your part to slow the spread of COVID-19.

  • Stay home as much as possible.
  • Avoid all unnecessary contact with others.
  • Only go out for essentials like food, medicine, and health care.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, counter tops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. The Iowa Department of Public Health offers detailed cleaning and disinfection guidance.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. 
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow/inside of arm.
  • Stay home if you are sick and do not go out in public until you are free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer) or have signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 72 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. Tylenol, ibuprofen, cough suppressants), and at least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.
  • Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. The CDC has information on additional measures those at higher risk should take.

What You Should Know

What are the symptoms of the coronavirus (COVID-19)? How does the virus spread? What should someone do if they feel ill or have a fever? 

Who Should Self-Isolate?

It is recommended that Iowans self-isolate for 14 days in the following situations: 

  • If you have traveled outside of Iowa for business or vacation in the last 14 days.
  • If you have been on an international cruise in the last 14 days.
  • If you live with someone who has symptoms of COVID-19 or has tested positive for COVID-19.

  • View Self-Isolation Guidelines