Know Your COVID Testing Options
Knowing your COVID-19 status can prevent you from spreading the virus to those around you. In addition to getting vaccinated against COVID-19 and staying home when you’re sick, testing is a proven, effective way to combat the spread of COVID-19.
When should I get tested for COVID-19?
The CDC recommends anyone with signs or symptoms of COVID-19 get tested, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection. Also, most people who have had close contact (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone with confirmed COVID-19 should get tested. For more on testing, rely on additional guidelines from the CDC.
Please do not go to a hospital or emergency room to be tested if you are experiencing mild symptoms, are asymptomatic but were exposed, or need proof of a negative test. If you are having difficulty breathing while you are at rest, or any of the following symptoms, go to your nearest medical facility immediately, or call 911.
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- Mental confusion
- Bluish lips or face
Dubuque County COVID Testing Options
Additional details on the following options, including links and contact information for test providers, are available at www.dubuquecounty.org/covidtesting
Self-Administered Test Kits
Free Test Iowa
self-administered test kits can picked up at 15 locations in Dubuque County (complete list here) OR
ordered for delivery to your home or workplace. Completed kits can be dropped off at any UPS drop-off location. There is no postage/shipping fee. Most results are received in 24-48 hours.
For more information, visit www.testiowa.com
or call 1-833-286-8378. See the demonstration video below.
Some pharmacies sell take-home antigen test kits that provide immediate results but supplies are limited and vary among pharmacies.Free In-Person PCR Testing
Hartig Drug, Hy-Vee Pharmacy, and Walgreens in Dubuque all offer free, in-person, drive-thru testing at their Dubuque County locations. Appointments are required. Most results are received in 2-5 days. Rapid Testing
Epic Health and Wellness in Dubuque offers rapid antigen testing and rapid PCR testing on-site for a fee. Results are available in 30-45 minutes and appointments are required.
Walgreens at 55 JFK Rd. in Dubuque offers free, drive-thru rapid diagnostic testing. Results are available within 24 hours
and appointments are required.
For more information on these COVID testing options, contact the test provider or visit www.dubuquecounty.org/covidtesting