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Posted on: May 21, 2020

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

Test Iowa Testing Criteria Expanded

Test Iowa Testing Criteria Expanded

Today, Governor Reynolds announced that the testing criteria for the Test Iowa program has been expanded to any Iowan who wants to be tested through this program.

The first step is to complete the assessment at  If you have already taken the assessment, did not meet the criteria, and want to be tested, please take it again.  As of today, 12,500 Dubuque County residents have completed the Test Iowa assessment.  Statewide, over 475,000 Iowans have completed the assessment.

Test Iowa sites are offered at eight locations across the state.  Please note that appointments are required for testing. The closest locations to Dubuque are Davenport and Cedar Rapids. 

To take the assessment, or for more information, visit  You can also call Test Iowa with questions about testing at 515-575-2131 or toll-free at 844-844-1561. Phone lines are open 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., seven days a week (except holidays). 

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Positive Cases of COVID-19 in Dubuque County, March 10 - May 21

4 More Cases and 2 More Deaths in Dubuque County, 452 New Cases and 20 Additional Deaths Statewide

Since 2 p.m. yesterday, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) was notified of:

  • 452 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Iowa, including four additional cases in Dubuque County. Iowa now has a total of 16,047 positive cases and Dubuque County has 299.  
  • 20 additional deaths were reported for Iowa, including two in Dubuque County, bringing the state total to 405 and Dubuque County’s to 13. 
  • As of May 20, 13 Dubuque County residents were hospitalized due to COVID-19 and 141 have recovered or are recovering.  Statewide, 376 Iowans are hospitalized and 8,606 Iowans have recovered. 
  • 4,029 Dubuque County residents have been tested, resulting in a 7.4 percent positive rate.  Statewide, 115,729 Iowans have been tested for a 13.9 percent positive rate.  

For up-to-date information on COVID-19, including an interactive map with county, regional, and long-term care outbreak information, visit For COVID-19 information specific to Dubuque County, visit

PLEASE NOTE:  Due to planned maintenance from 6:00 a.m. Saturday, May 23, through 6:00 am Monday, May 25, the IDPH Case Counts Dashboard will not reflect accurate counts during the maintenance period. All Case Counts will be brought up to date by 6:00 a.m. Monday, May 25.

What’s Open, What’s Not?

For a simplified summary of what Iowa businesses are opening and which are still closed, please visit 

Today’s Video Update

Today’s video update from the Dubuque County Public Health Incident Management Team includes a review of case counts and other statistics, information on the expansion of the Test Iowa program, and the importance of maintaining general health and wellness in preventing chronic diseases, which have a significant impact on COVID-19 hospitalization and death rates.. Watch the video at 

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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