Gov. Reynolds Orders Reduction in COVID-19 Testing at Dubuque County Site

An aide to Gov. Kim Reynolds says concerns with the quality and safety of coronavirus testing at a Dubuque County site prompted the state to sharply reduce its operations this week.

Dubuque announced Monday that the governor’s office had ordered that testing at the Epic Health and Wellness Clinic be open only for one hour from 6 to 7 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday and take no more than 100 samples per day. The site had been processing up to 550 samples per day.

Dubuque County has seen daily coronavirus cases more than quadruple since June.

Reynolds’ spokesman, Pat Garrett, says the state will send 2,000 additional kits to Dubuque County to make additional testing available to residents at other area clinics to fill the gap.