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Modified directions from Iowa Public Health

Modified directions from Iowa Public Health

Most people displaying symptoms of the virus won’t get tested but are instructed to assume they have COVID-19 and therefore should self quarantine at home as directed.

For confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Dubuque County, Dubuque Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) nurses will conduct contact tracing, which means working with new cases to identify people with whom they were in contact, according to the IDPH’s definition of contact.

As more tests are conducted and cases are confirmed across the country and locally, people exhibiting mild symptoms of COVID-19 will be assumed to have the virus and will not be tested. Tests will be reserved for individuals with serious symptoms and those in at-risk groups with underlying health conditions.

Sick Iowans must stay home and isolate themselves from others in their house. Stay home and isolate from others in the house until: You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers) AND other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved) AND at least 7 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.

Source: City of Dubuque

If you think you may need healthcare, call your provider first. Your provider can assess whether you need to be seen in the office or if you can recover at home. There may also be options for you to talk to a medical provider from home using technology.