Governor Limits COVID Testing In Dubuque
Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has ordered testing for COVID-19 in Dubuque to be greatly decreased. Although local officials say they have been conducting an average of over 400 tests daily, the Dubuque test site will only be allowed to conduct 100 tests per day. Additionally, the hours of testing have changed to 6am-7am Monday through Thursday, with no testing on Fridays. Once 100 tests have been conducted, the test site will close. The City of Dubuque press release announcing the change did not give a reason for the move.
Here is the press release from the city:
Changes to Dubuque Test Iowa Clinic
The Iowa Governor’s Office has directed Epic Health & Wellness to change operations at the Test Iowa Clinic being offered at the clinic at 1075 Cedar Cross Rd. in Dubuque.
As a result, testing at this location will be limited to 100 tests per day and the Dubuque Visiting Nurses Association will no longer be allowed to assist residents with assessments by phone. (Test Iowa advises people without internet access to ask a trusted family member or friend with internet access to assist in taking the online assessment.)
The new schedule for the Test Iowa Clinic at 1075 Cedar Cross Road in Dubuque will be from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m., Monday through Thursday. If the site reaches the maximum of 100 tests before 7 a.m., testing will be suspended until the next scheduled day. The schedule for the remainder of this week is:
- Tuesday, July 21: 6 a.m. - 7 a.m.
- Wednesday, July 22: 6 a.m. - 7 a.m.
- Thursday, July 23: 6 a.m. - 7 a.m.
- Friday, July 24: No Testing
If you go to this testing clinic, please abide by the posted traffic instructions and do not block driveways. If you are advised by traffic control or clinic staff that you will not be tested that day due to the length of the waiting line, please leave and come back another day or go to another Test Iowa site in another community.
Any Iowan who would like to be tested for COVID-19 at this location or a Test Iowa site in another community must first complete the Test Iowa assessment at www.testiowa.com. They will then be provided an identification number, which is required to be tested. To take an assessment or request a test, visit www.testiowa.com. If you have questions about Test Iowa, please visit www.testiowa.com or call 515-575-2131 or 844-844-1561 (toll free).
Testing is also being conducted by most local healthcare providers. If you have COVID-19 symptoms or were exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and you want to be tested, please contact your healthcare provider. Tests will be conducted upon the discretion of the provider.