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Face Covering Requirement
The Dubuque County Board of Health and Board of Supervisors have approved requirements for face coverings and social distancing in order to lower the community spread of COVID-19. These requirements take effect Wednesday, November 18 and expire March 1, 2021 unless extended or terminated early.
Currently, Dubuque County has some of the highest levels of active COVID-19 cases and community spread in Iowa. The number of deaths and hospitalizations from COVID-19 has increased alarmingly along with the climbing number of positive cases. Our health care and hospital system is under significant stress that cannot continue to increase.
The County’s new requirements are a framework of expectations to protect citizens and visitors to Dubuque County. Even if you believe that you have been following face covering guidance, we ask that you pause and consider how you can more diligently wear your mask in more situations. If you have been gathering with others, please take more seriously the need to stay at least 6 feet apart, or simply avoid gatherings indoors or outside. Remember to more frequently clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces, like door handles, counters, light switches, pens, desks, or steering wheels. Do not use or touch shared serving spoons or utensils. Renew your commitment to wash your hands more frequently and thoroughly.
The personal decisions of each person, young and old, across all of Dubuque County to take COVID-19 more seriously in the upcoming holiday season and winter months will make an impact to slow the spread and lower the number of active COVID-19 cases. We all look forward to a return to a more normal life, and your actions now can hasten that return. Stay safe. Protect others.