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October 8, 2020 11:52 AM

Oct. 8 COVID-19 Update

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

Dubuque County: 61 new cases. Total confirmed cases to date = 3,896
Iowa: 1,514 new cases. Total confirmed cases to date = 95,870

Dubuque County: No additional deaths. Total deaths to date = 47
Iowa: 5 additional deaths. Total deaths to date = 1,419

Dubuque County:
203 more individuals tested. Total residents tested to date = 32,023
Dubuque County Test Positivity Rate: 14-day average = 14.3%, average to date = 12.2%.

9,003 more individuals tested. Total Iowa residents tested to date = 841,919
Iowa Test Positivity Rate: 14-day average = 8.8%, average to date = 11.4%

Dubuque County: Hospitalized = 28 as of Oct. 6. (1 less than Oct. 5.)
Iowa: Currently hospitalized = 449*. (5 more than yesterday.)
* = Record High

Dubuque County: New recoveries = 45. Total number of recoveries = 2,376
Iowa: New recoveries = 927. Total number of recoveries = 74,183

Dubuque County: Two long-term care facility outbreaks:
Sunnycrest Manor, Dubuque (17 positive cases, 14 recoveries)
MercyOne Dyersville Senior Care, Dyersville (19 positive cases, 7 recoveries)
Iowa: 53 outbreaks (1 less than yesterday)

For the most current information on COVID-19, visit

For COVID-19 information specific to Dubuque County, visit

Free, Local COVID-19 Testing Options

Hy-Vee Offers Free Testing at Locust Street Location in Dubuque
Hy-Vee, Inc. has expanded its free COVID-19 testing service to more locations, including it's Locust Street location (400 S. Locust St.) in Dubuque. Each location can accommodate up to 12 patients per hour. The tests are free and are administered via a Hy-Vee pharmacy drive-thru testing process. Individuals do not have to have COVID-19 symptoms to be tested, but they must register online to receive a test voucher number, testing site and appointment time. The COVID-19 tests are being coordinated by eTrueNorth.

To register for a test voucher number, visit Each patient will need to answer the questions and provide requested information in order to receive a test voucher number, testing site location and appointment time. The patient will then arrive at the specified test site pharmacy drive-thru with either a printed voucher number or show the voucher number on their phone before given a test kit. The Hy-Vee pharmacy employee will provide the test kit, provide instructions on how to self-administer the test and supervise the administration of the test. The patient will then drop off their completed kit in a collection bin.

The entire test process takes about five minutes. From there, the Hy-Vee pharmacy collects all tests, which are shipped to a lab via the United Parcel Service (UPS). Results will then be sent to the patient by email in three to five business days.

Test Iowa Clinics Continue
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 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, 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 will be scheduled by phone. Drive-up testing will not be offered at this location. All appointments will be scheduled as in-clinic appointments.

Hartig Drug Company pharmacies and Union Family Pharmacy are also offering free COVID-19 test collection, also by appointment, in Dubuque. This free COVID-19 test collection program is not affiliated with Test Iowa and is implemented in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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.

Please note that advance registration is required and test collection schedules vary by site. To register, or for more information, visit

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