Additional Test Recommendation
In addition to isolating when you have COVID symptoms, the Dubuque County Public Health Incident Management Team encourages residents who are symptomatic for COVID-19, but test negative with a rapid self-test, to follow-up that test with a Test Iowa PCR test.
Rapid, at-home tests (antigen tests) cannot detect small amounts of the virus or asymptomatic cases as accurately as the PCR test can, so there is a greater chance for a false negatives with rapid tests. PCR tests can detect even a small trace of the virus in your system whereas the rapid, at-home tests can only determine if you have an active virus in your body.
Test Iowa test kits are free and available for pick-up at multiple locations in Dubuque County, for a complete list, visit https://www.testiowa.com/en#find-a-pick-up-site
Currently, the average time for Test Iowa results (email confirmation) after being received at the lab is 12-24 hours.