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Posted on: October 21, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Local COVID-19 Update, October 21, 2020

80 New Cases and Two Deaths in Dubuque County, 1,300 New Cases and Record-High 32 Deaths Statewide, Record-High Hospitalizations Statewide

80 New Cases and Two Deaths in Dubuque County,

1,300 New Cases and Record-High 32 Deaths Statewide,

Record-High Hospitalizations Statewide

(11 a.m. yesterday to 11 a.m. today): 


  • Dubuque County:  80 new cases. Total confirmed cases to date = 4,781
  • Iowa: 1,300 new cases. Total confirmed cases to date = 109,634


  • Dubuque County: 2 additional deaths. Total deaths to date = 54 
  • Iowa: 32* additional deaths. Total deaths to date = 1,581
    * = Record high in 24 hours


Dubuque County:

  • 202 more individuals tested. Total residents tested to date = 34,688
  • Dubuque County Test Positivity Rate: 14-day average = 14.4%, average to date = 13.8%.  


  • 6,016 more individuals tested. Total Iowa residents tested to date = 911,899
  • Iowa Test Positivity Rate: 14-day average = 9.7%,  average to date = 12%

Iowa COVID-19 Hospitalizations 10-21-2020 (JPEG)

Click on the image for more information on the IDPH website.


  • Dubuque County: Hospitalized =  27 as of Oct. 19. (same as Oct. 18.)
    Please note: This number is Dubuque County residents only. COVID-19 patients in Dubuque County hospitals who are NOT Dubuque County residents are not reflected in this number.
  • Iowa: Currently hospitalized = 534*.  (33 more than yesterday.)
  • For more information, visit
     * = Record high


  • Dubuque County: New recoveries = 68. Total number of recoveries = 3,087
  • Iowa: New recoveries = 1,157. Total number of recoveries = 84,630


  • Dubuque County: 3 long-term care facility outbreaks:
    Luther Manor Communities, Dubuque (7 positive cases, 0 recoveries) 
    MercyOne Dyersville Senior Care, Dyersville (35 positive cases, 21 recoveries)
    Sunnycrest Manor, Dubuque (19 positive cases, 17 recoveries)
  • Iowa: 68 outbreaks (3 more than yesterday)
  • For more details, visit

For the most current information on COVID-19, visit
For COVID-19 information specific to Dubuque County, visit

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 All testing at this location is by appointment, Monday through Friday.  After taking the assessment, appointments can be made by calling 563.583.6595 or scheduled online at
  • 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, 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 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

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

General Guidelines (JPG)

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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