482 New Cases in Iowa, Two More in Dubuque County
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) was notified of 482 additional positive cases of COVID-19 in Iowa including two more in Dubuque County, both middle-aged adults (41-60 years). Iowa now has a total of 3,641 positive cases and Dubuque County has 48. Four more people with COVID-19 in Iowa have died, bringing the statewide total to 83.
According to the IDPH, there have been 27,615 people tested in Iowa with 23,974 negative tests (87%) and 1,293 people who tested positive have recovered from the virus for a 35.5% recovery rate. For additional details, including visit https://coronavirus.iowa.gov/
’TestIowa’ Program Launched
Today Gov. Reynolds announced the launch of TestIowa, a new state-led initiative in partnership with state leaders and private corporations. The goal is to dramatically increase the rate of COVID-19 testing so Iowans can have better access to testing and help stem the spread of COVID-19.
Testing through this program will be prioritized for those who currently have symptoms, have interacted with someone who has already tested positive, or have recently visited places where COVID-19 is more widespread. To request a test, Iowan’s should visit https://www.testiowa.com/ to complete the assessment to determine testing eligibility.
Reynolds said up to 540,000 tests will be available through the program and, once fully implemented, up to 3,000 people could be tested per day at multiple drive-up testing sites across the state. The first site will be opened in Des Moines this weekend and others will be announced as needed.
April 21 Video Update
Today’s video update from the Dubuque County Public Health Incident Management Team includes information on the new cases and testing in Dubuque County, a statewide and Region 6 update, outbreaks at meat processing facilities, some tips on social distancing, and info on TestIowa. Watch the video at https://youtu.be/JlFLgMweBek
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.