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Dubuque Mayor urging residents to stay home

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) -- Dubuque Mayor Roy Buol is recommending all residents stay home for at least 14 days in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

“It is critical that we all heed the direction from the Governor and our public health officials and avoid all unnecessary contact with others. The best way to do that is to stay home,” Buol said.  “Unless you have to go out for essentials, like food, medicine, and health care, or if you must work in an essential service, I urge you to do your part – stay home, stay safe.”

Buol said those who must leave their homes should practice social distancing and maintain at least six feet of space at all times. Buol added necessary outings should be limited to one or two persons per household.

“At this point, the only way we can prevent continued spread of the virus and strains on our healthcare system is for everyone to take personal responsibility by staying home as much as they can," Buol added.

Buol’s recommendation follows his state of emergency declaration on March 16 and subsequent decisions to close most City of Dubuque facilities to the public. City of Dubuque staff are working to ensure all essential municipal services are maintained as much as possible. City staff who are able to are working from home. Many services continue to be available via phone, email, and the City’s website.

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Trevor Oates

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