Delaware and Dubuque Counties Reach 15% COVID-19 Positivity Rate

The number of COVID-19 cases in Delaware and Dubuque counties has taken a recent jump.

Both counties now have positivity rates above the 15% threshold – Delaware’s rate was 16.2% on Friday, while Dubuque’s rate was 16.8%.

The positivity rate reflects the past 14-day average of positive COVID-19 cases, based upon the total number of people tested in the county.

Delaware and Dubuque counties are among 16 counties in Iowa that currently have positivity rates above 15%. Surrounding counties are seeing lower rates – Jones 9.2%, Buchanan 7.5%, Linn 7%, Clayton 6.6% and Fayette 5.8%.

Data from the Iowa Department of Public Health shows that Delaware County has picked up 54 new cases in four days (since Monday). That’s the same number of new cases the county had for the entire week last week.

An outbreak of COVID-19 cases also continues at the Good Neighbor Home in Manchester. After the latest round of testing on Wednesday, the long-term care facility reported that two more residents and one more staff have tested positive – bringing the total number of resident cases during the pandemic to 18 and the total number of staff cases to 15. They say two residents and four staff have recovered from the virus.