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July 19, 2020 11:39 AM

July 19 COVID-19 Update

IDPH Reports Backlog of COVID-19 Tests Results, Cases Now Updating

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced this morning that a significant number of COVID-19 test results were not reported over the weekend due to a backlog that occurred in IDPH’s electronic reporting system.

The reporting backlog is processing now and case counts will continue to update throughout the day as usual. The delay in reporting will result in adjustments to some daily case counts reported last week.

The reporting backlog does not impact the notification of test results to individuals tested either through Test Iowa or other providers.

40 New Cases in Dubuque County, 733 New Cases and 5 More Deaths in Iowa

Positive Cases
Between 11 a.m. yesterday and 11 a.m. today, the IDPH reported 40 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Dubuque County, increasing the total number of confirmed cases in the county to 1,176.

Statewide, 733 additional cases were reported in that same time frame, giving Iowa a total of 37,8,637 positive cases.

14-day trendline graph of new cases in Dubuque County

There were no additional deaths reported in Dubuque County since 11 a.m. yesterday so the county total remains 23.

Five additional deaths were reported statewide, increasing the state death total to 792.

As of 11 a.m. today, the IDPH website reported that 17,137 Dubuque County residents have been tested, up 390 from yesterday. Yesterday's positive test rate was 5.9 percent and the county's overall positive test rate is 6.9 percent. One in six Dubuque County residents has been tested.

418,716 Iowans have been tested, an increase of 11,990 since yesterday. Yesterday's positive test rate was 7.0 percent while the state's overall positive test rate is 9.3 percent. One in eight Iowa residents has been tested.

Hospitalizations & Recoveries
According to the IDPH, the number of Dubuque County residents reported hospitalized due to COVID-19 as of July 17 was 8, a decrease of three from the previous day.

214 Iowans are hospitalized due to COVID-19, and increase of four from yesterday.

Statewide, 27,875 Iowans have recovered (69 more than reported yesterday), including 468 Dubuque County residents (two more than yesterday).

Long-Term Care Facility Outbreaks
According to the IDPH, there are 16 long-term care facilities in Iowa with COVID-19 outbreaks, the same as reported yesterday. There are no long-term care facility outbreaks in Dubuque County.

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

Dubuque Test Iowa Clinic Hours Next Week

The Test Iowa Clinic at Epic Health & Wellness at 1075 Cedar Cross Road in Dubuque will continue to offer testing for any Iowa resident until further notice. The testing schedule for next week is:

Monday, July 20: 5 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Tuesday, July 21: 5 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Wednesday, July 22: 5 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Thursday, July 23: 5 a.m. - 9 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 these locations must first complete the Test Iowa assessment at They will then be provided an identification number, which is required to be tested. To take an assessment or request a test, visit

Residents without internet access or who need assistance completing the assessment should contact the Dubuque Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) for assistance at 563.556.6200.

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