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Posted on: October 16, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Local COVID-19 Update, October 16, 2020

93 New Cases, 2 More Deaths, and Additional Long-Term Care Facility Outbreak in Dubuque County, 1,384 New Cases and 16 Deaths Statewide

93 New Cases, 2 More Deaths, and Additional Long-Term Care Facility Outbreak in Dubuque County,

1,384 New Cases and 16 Deaths Statewide


24-HOUR CHANGES & NEW TOTALS  
(11 a.m. yesterday to 11 a.m. today): 

POSITIVE CASES 

  • Dubuque County:  93 new cases. Total confirmed cases to date = 4,451 
  • Iowa: 1,384 new cases. Total confirmed cases to date = 104,606

COVID-19 Cases by Age Group - Oct 16 (JPEG)DEATHS 

  • Dubuque County: 2 additional deaths. Total deaths to date = 52 
  • Iowa: 16 additional deaths. Total deaths to date = 1,521


TESTING & POSITIVITY RATE
Dubuque County:

  • 298 more individuals tested. Total residents tested to date = 33,708
  • Dubuque County Test Positivity Rate: 14-day average = 13.9%, average to date = 13.2%.  

Iowa:

  • 6,766 more individuals tested. Total Iowa residents tested to date = 886,835
  • Iowa Test Positivity Rate: 14-day average = 9.3%,  average to date = 11.8%

HOSPITALIZATIONS 

RECOVERIES 

  • Dubuque County: New recoveries = 81. Total number of recoveries = 2,807
  • Iowa: New recoveries = 385. Total number of recoveries = 80,499


LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY OUTBREAKS 

  • Dubuque County: Two long-term care facility outbreaks:
    Sunnycrest Manor, Dubuque (19 positive cases, 16 recoveries)
    MercyOne Dyersville Senior Care, Dyersville (28 positive cases, 11 recoveries)
     NEW: Luther Manor Communities, Dubuque (6 positive cases, 0 recoveries) 
  • Iowa: 61 outbreaks (same as yesterday)
  • For more details, visit https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/pages/long-term-care

For the most current information on COVID-19, visit https://coronavirus.iowa.gov
For COVID-19 information specific to Dubuque County, visit www.dubuquecountyiowa.gov/COVID19

 Video Update: COVID-19 Reinfections Possible

The Oct. 15 video update from the Dubuque County Public Health Incident Management Team includes a discussion of:

  • the county's high test positivity rate, increasing hospitalization rates, and other "alarming statistics"
  • the importance of regular healthcare checks and getting back on track with medical appointments to stay healthy
  • research on COVID-19 reinfections and temporary immunity for those who have recovered from COVID
  • the bad situation we face with increasing community spread heading into fall and winter

Watch the video at: https://youtu.be/455dDyfByzg

Free, Local COVID-19 Testing Options

Test Iowa Clinics
Two Test Iowa clinics are available in Dubuque County and provide free testing for all Iowa residents:

  • Epic Health and Wellness: To be tested at this location, you must first take the Test Iowa assessment at www.testiowa.com. All testing at this location is by appointment, Monday through Thursday.  After taking the assessment, appointments can be made by calling 563.583.6595 or scheduled online. 
  • Grand River Medical Group offers testing at its Respiratory Clinic location (1400 University Ave., Apt. #6).  Hours of operation are Mondays – Thursdays, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. and Fridays 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., by appointment only, scheduled online through the Test Iowa website.  After completing the questionnaire at www.testiowa.com, you will receive a QR code and may request an appointment at a local clinic location. When choosing Grand River Medical Group as the location, you will be asked to schedule your appointment utilizing the online tools. No appointments are scheduled by phone.  All appointments will be scheduled as in-clinic appointments. Drive-up testing is not offered at this location.

Other Options 
Hartig Drug and Hy-Vee are offering free COVID-19 testing in Dubuque County in collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and eTrueNorth. Details and all test collection sites for this program can be found at DoINeedACovid19Test.com. The online portal helps patients make test collection appointments. Any individual, regardless of their state of residence, is eligible to test, even if they are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Dubuque County testing locations available through this program include:

  • Hartig Drug Co. #3, 2255 John F Kennedy Rd , Ste. 16, Dubuque
  • Hartig Drug Co. #4, 2225 Central Ave, Dubuque
  • Hartig Drug Co. #8, 1600 University Ave, Dubuque
  • Hy-Vee Pharmacy #3, 400 S. Locust, Dubuque
  • Dyersville Community Testing conducted by Hartig Drug @Beckman Catholic High School, 1325 9th St SE, Dyersville (10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17, only)

Please note that advance registration is required and test collection schedules vary by site. To register, or for more information, visit DoINeedACovid19Test.com. Tests are sent to an independent, third-party lab for processing and the results available, on average, within less than three days

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Media Contact
Randy Gehl, Public Information Officer
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This message is from the Dubuque County Public Health Incident Management Team, which includes staff from the from the Dubuque County Health Department, City of Dubuque Health Department, Dubuque County Emergency Management Agency, and the Dubuque Visiting Nurse Association.

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