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November 19, 2020 12:18 PM

Nov. 19 COVID-19 Update

Thanksgiving Considerations

Thanksgiving is a week away and many people are wondering how to safely celebrate this holiday. As cases continue to increase rapidly across Iowa and the United States, celebrating virtually or with the people you live with is the safest choice this Thanksgiving.

Gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 or the flu.

If you choose to attend a gathering, make your celebration safer. In addition to following the steps that everyone can take to make Thanksgiving safer, take these additional steps if attending a Thanksgiving gathering:

Bring your own food, drinks, plates, cups, and utensils.
Wear a mask and safely store your mask while eating and drinking.
Avoid going in and out of the areas where food is being prepared or handled, such as in the kitchen.
Use single-use options, like salad dressing and condiment packets, and disposable items like food containers, plates, and utensils.

For more guidance from the CDC, including how to host a gathering in the safest way, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/thanksgiving.html


Governor Issues New Proclamation Modifying Public Health Measures

Yesterday, Gov. Reynolds signed a new Public Health Disaster proclamation that modifies existing public health measures to provide clarity and simplify the measures applicable to recreational activities and fitness centers. For more information, visit https://governor.iowa.gov/press-release/gov-reynolds-signs-new-proclamation-modifying-public-health-measures


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

POSITIVE CASES
Dubuque County: 177 new cases. Total confirmed cases to date = 8,269
Iowa: 4,193 new cases. Total confirmed cases to date = 198,687

ACTIVE CASES
Dubuque County: 3,244 active cases (91 more than yesterday)

DEATHS
Dubuque County: 2 additional deaths. Total deaths to date = 88
Iowa: 38 additional deaths. Total deaths to date = 2,102

HOSPITALIZATIONS
Dubuque County Residents Hospitalized = 51 as of Nov. 17. (5 less than Nov. 16.)
Iowans Currently hospitalized = 1,516 (11 less than yesterday.)

RECOVERIES
Dubuque County: New recoveries = 84. Total number of recoveries = 4,937
Iowa: New recoveries = 1,489. Total number of recoveries = 112,779

LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY OUTBREAKS*
Dubuque County: 4 long-term care facility outbreaks (same as yesterday) with 101 positive cases (same as yesterday) and 34 recoveries (same as yesterday):
- Dubuque Specialty Care, Dubuque (6 positive cases, 2 recoveries)
- Luther Manor Communities, Dubuque (76 positive cases, 25 recoveries)
- ManorCare Health Services, Dubuque (12 positive cases, 5 recoveries)
- Shady Rest Care Center, Cascade (7 positive cases, 2 recoveries)

Iowa: 94 outbreaks (same as yesterday) with 2,830 positive cases, 1,438 recoveries, and 972 deaths to date.

* At 11 a.m. today, Gov. Reynolds announced than an additional 20 long-term care facility outbreaks across the state will be reported this afternoon.
TESTING & POSITIVITY RATE (Calculated by IDPH)

Dubuque County:
391 more individuals tested. Total residents tested to date = 41,742
Test Positivity Rate: 14-day average = 23.1%, average to date = 19.8%.

Iowa:
10,438 more individuals tested. Total Iowa residents tested to date = 1,133,913
Test Positivity Rate: 14-day average = 22.1%, average to date = 17.5%

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

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