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August 18, 2020 12:59 PM

Aug. 18 COVID-19 Update

24-HOUR CHANGES & NEW TOTALS
(11 a.m. yesterday to 11 a.m. today):

POSITIVE CASES
Dubuque County: 13 new cases. Total confirmed cases to date = 1,820
Iowa: 307 new cases. Total confirmed cases to date = 52,924

DEATHS
Dubuque County: No additional deaths. Total deaths to date = 31
Iowa: 8 additional deaths. Total deaths to date = 987

TESTING & POSITIVITY RATE*
Dubuque County:
149 more individuals tested. Total residents tested to date = 22,110
Test Positivity Rate: Yesterday = 7.3% , 14-day average = 10.3%, average to date = 8.2%
Iowa:
3,272 more individuals tested. Total Iowa residents tested to date = 564,496
Test Positivity Rate: Yesterday = 6.5%, 14-day average = 7.4%, average to date = 9.4%

* The positivity rate is the percentage of COVID-19 tests that come back positive. Please note that, due to the time it takes to process test results, the number of new positive cases reported and the number of tests processed that are reported daily may not correspond with the previous day's positivity rate.

HOSPITALIZATIONS
Dubuque County: Hospitalized = 12 as of Aug. 16, down one from Aug. 15.
Iowa*: Currently hospitalized = 287. Up 4 from yesterday.

*NOTE: Due to severe weather conditions on August 10, 2020, some Iowans being treated for COVID-19 in a long-term care facility or at home may be transferred to a hospital or other health care facility for temporary treatment due to damage to their place of residence. This may cause hospitalization data or other data on the site to fluctuate in the short term.

RECOVERIES
Dubuque County: New recoveries = 41. Total number of recoveries = 1,250
Iowa: New recoveries = 824. Total number of recoveries = 41,514

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.

LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY OUTBREAKS
Dubuque County: No long-term care facility outbreaks.
Iowa: 32 outbreaks (one more than yesterday)

For the most current information on COVID-19, visit https://coronavirus.iowa.gov.
For COVID-19 information specific to Dubuque County, visit www.dubuquecounty.org/COVID19.

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 www.testiowa.com. 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 DoINeedACovid19Test.com. 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 DoINeedACovid19Test.com.

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