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March 30th update
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 88 additional positive cases of Iowans with COVID-19, for a total of 424 positive cases. There have been a total of 6,162 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs.
According to IDPH, two Iowans with COVID-19 passed away last night, one elderly adult (81+) of Linn County, one elderly adult (81+) of Washington County.
March 26th update
Gov. Kim Reynolds expanded the state’s disaster health proclamation Thursday, halting elective non-essential surgical and dental procedures and expanding the breadth of the state’s retail closures.
Here are the changes Reynolds outlined Thursday as part of the expanded Public Health Disaster Emergency Proclamation:
- All existing closures, including restaurants and bar closures, were extended an additional week to April 7. That is effective as of 10 p.m. Thursday.
- She also ordered the closure of additional retail — book stores; clothing and shoe stores; jewelry stores; luggage stores; cosmetic, perfume and beauty supply stores; furniture stores; florists and home furnishing stores.
- Starting at 5 p.m. Friday and “through the duration of this disaster,” all non-essential and elective surgeries that can be delayed without “undue risk to patients” are suspended, Reynolds said. Also, all elective dental procedures including hygienic, orthodontic or cosmetic procedures are suspended. Emergency procedures are allowed still, the governor said.
- Reynolds also ordered that “healthcare insurance companies shall reimburse healthcare providers for telehealth visits at the same rate as in-person visits.” She hopes that encourages patients to use telehealth more to screen and treat the virus.
- Lastly, Reynolds ordered that healthcare facilities, including nursing homes, “to engage in enhanced staff health screenings.”
“These actions will help us preserve the personal protective equipment as well as our healthcare workforce,” the governor said.
Governor Reynolds issued a State of Public Health Disaster Emergency, effective through March 31.
- Events of more than 10 people are prohibited
- Planned large gatherings must be canceled
- Restaurants and bars are closed to the public, though carry-out or drive-through can stay open
- Alcohol may now be delivered and sold as a carry out, as long as it’s a new, unopened can of beer
- Fitness centers, gyms and health spas, pools, hair and nail salons, tattoo shops, all must close.
- Facilities that conduct Adult Day services or other senior citizen centers are also ordered to close
The Governor has issued a “shelter-in-place” order through April 3. All non-essential businesses are closed.
Governor is expected to issue a “stay at home” order that will temporarily close all non-essential businesses in Wisconsin, until April 24th
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN DUBUQUE COUNTY (March 24th update)
The Dubuque County Public Health Incident Management Team was notified this afternoon by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) that a Dubuque County resident with COVID-19 has passed away. The individual was an older adult (61-80 years). No additional information about the individual will be provided.
DUBUQUE PARKING METER SUSPENDING ENFORCEMENT
Effective immediately, the City of Dubuque is temporarily suspending enforcement of parking meter expiration violations through April 12, 2020. During this time parking customers are not required to feed/pay parking meters in Dubuque.
All other street parking regulations will continue to be enforced in accordance with City code, including but not limited to, street storage (vehicles parked on the street longer than 24 hours without moving), disabled parking spaces, fire zone compliance, and blocking of driveways. Monthly reserved parking in ramps and surface lots will still be enforced.
For more information on parking restrictions, visit www.cityofdubuque.org/Parking or contact Director of Transportation Services Renee Tyler at 563-589-4341 or email@example.com.
Run 4 Troops is canceled
Veterans Freedom Center closed
Winter Farmers Market on Saturdays canceled
Carnegie Stout Public Library closed
Q Casino and Diamond Jo casino both closed
Dubuque Fighting Saints Hockey season is canceled
Five Flags: most scheduled shows have been postponed
Dubuque Museum of Art closed
All sports at Clarke, Loras, UD and Wisconsin Platteville have been canceled, or indefinitely suspended
High School spring sports are suspended
NBA & NHL and MLB seasons suspended. CDC is recommending 8 weeks
PGA canceling their next 3 events
Boston Marathon postponed to September 14
St Peter Lutheran Dubuque is holding online-only services at 9 am Sundays. Go to stpeterdbq.org for details.
The Dubuque Women, Land & Legacy meeting March 31 in Peosta Iowa has been cancelled
The 75th Anniversary Celebration of the Dubuque Soil & Water Conservation District March 26 at the District office in Epworth is cancelled.
Dubuque Bellevue, closed – April 13
Platteville, River Ridge WI, Darlington, closed – April 5
Fennimore closed – April 3
Lancaster closed – April 6
Western Dubuque, Edgewood-Colesberg – closed TFN
University of Dubuque: Extending Spring Break for 1 extra week
Clarke University: Suspending classes for 2 weeks, after Spring Break (classes will be online)
Southwest Tech is closed to the public, including students. Staff may come to campus to pick up essentials to work at home. The emergency response team should report to work
NICC: Face to face classes all this week are canceled