Dubuque County's COVID-19 Community Level Raised to Medium
On Thursday, May 19, the CDC raised Dubuque County's COVID-19 Community Level from LOW to MEDIUM. Dubuque County is one of 11 Iowa counties at this level. Three Iowa counties are at HIGH community level.
The CDC looks at the combination of three metrics — new COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 population in the past 7 days, the percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients, and total new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population in the past 7 days — to determine the COVID-19 community level. Using these data, the COVID-19 community level is classified as low, medium, or high.
CDC Guidance for MEDIUM Community Level:
If you are immunocompromised or high risk for severe disease
- Talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need to wear a mask and take other precautions (e.g., testing)
- Have a plan for rapid testing if needed (e.g., having home tests or access to testing)
- Talk to your healthcare provider about whether you are a candidate for treatments like oral antivirals, PrEP, and monoclonal antibodies
If you have household or social contact with someone at high risk for severe disease
- consider self-testing to detect infection before contact
- consider wearing a mask when indoors with them
Maintain improved ventilation throughout indoor spaces when possible