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Posted on: July 16, 2021

[ARCHIVED] New COVID-19 Testing Options

New COVID-19 Testing Options

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) recently announced that Test Iowa, the state’s free COVID-19 testing program, will end operations at all clinics and drive-through locations today (Friday, July 16).  IDPH is replacing this service with at-home COVID-19 test kits which will be available free of charge to all Iowans. 

 While COVID-19 testing continues to be provided by health care providers, pharmacies, and other retail testing sites, the at-home test kits will provide an alternative way to be tested for COVID from the comfort of your own home. The kits include easy-to-follow instructions and prepaid postage to the State Hygienic Lab for fast and efficient results. 

As of today (Friday, July 16), COVID-19 at-home test kits are available in Dubuque and can be picked-up at a variety of locations, including:

  • Dubuque County Health Department
    1225 Seippel Road, Dubuque, Iowa 52002
     (563) 557-7396
  • Dubuque Visiting Nurses Association (VNA)
    660 Iowa Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001
     (563) 556-6200

If you are collecting your kit from the Dubuque County Health Department, please:

  1. Call (563) 557-7396 first to request a test kit. (At this time, kits are limited to one per person.)
  2. Once you have arrived at the health department building, open the latch to the wooden box to the left of the front door and take your kit. 
  3. Take your kit home and unbox supplies and directions.
  4. Complete test as directed
  5. Drop off your concealed at-home test kit at your nearest UPS drop-off location. (The Dubuque County Health Department is unable to assist with mailing at this time.)

To find your closest UPS drop off site, visit: https://www.ups.com/dropoff/

For frequently asked questions on at-home test kits, visit: https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/IACIO/2021/07/15/file_attachments/1880331/FAQs%20for%20public.pdf

Other Dubuque County locations offering free at-home test kits include Crescent Community Health Center, Epic Health & Wellness, Grand River Medical Group Multispecialty Clinic, and all Medical Associates locations. If you are interested in receiving an at-home test kit from these providers, please call the location of your choice prior to arrival to receive site-specific pickup instructions.  

Free Standard PCR COVID Testing

Rapid COVID Testing

For more information on COVID-19 testing options in Dubuque County, visit www.dubuquecounty.org/covid19

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