Clinic Wide Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you have a fever or respiratory symptoms, such as a cough or difficulty breathing, other related symptoms such as loss of taste or smell, chills, fatigue, body aches, or had a possible exposure to COVID-19 please CALL your doctor’s office BEFORE coming in for your appointment.

COVID-19 Vaccine- 2/19/2021 Update

We are anticipating our next vaccine allocation for our valued patients 65 and older to arrive the middle of next week -- assuming no shipping delays due to the weather issues across the south and country. We will begin to again reach out to patients by phone, text, or email starting on Monday, February 22 to schedule their vaccine appointment.

GRMG will continue to work through our valued patient population by order of age whenever possible and feasible. Please know that there are times that we may deviate from this age order process to ensure that vaccine does not get wasted due to inclement weather or other cancellation reasons. During those time we may reach out to individuals on the younger end of the priority grouping but will always remain within the current vaccination phase of 1b.

All appointments will be scheduled at the community Point of Distribution site (POD), which is located at the Kennedy Mall, in the old women's Younkers. Please remember this site is by appointment only and no walk-ins will be accepted.

We continue to ask for your patience as we work to get those 65 and older scheduled to receive their COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccine demand continues to exceed supply so it will take time to vaccinate all patients in this age group who want to be vaccinated.

Not a GRMG patient? The Dubuque County Public Health Incident Management Team has set up a contact line for patients who wish to be vaccinated but DO NOT have a primary care doctor. These Dubuque County residents can contact (563) 587-4950. This is an automated phone line and callers will be asked to leave their information on a recording. From there the county will save their information and be contact directly when vaccine is available.

There is no need to call and request an appointment for your COVID-19 vaccine, until we have reached out to you directly to schedule your appointment. We continue to not create a wait list as we have all our valued patients information readily available to contact as needed.

For more information on COVID-19 vaccines, click here to visit the CDC website.

For more information on distribution plans, please check with your state's department of public health. Iowa residents can click here to visit the IDPH website.

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We know that with the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in Dubuque County many of you may be wondering if you should get tested. Our Respiratory Clinic is available to care for patients with respiratory symptoms and those who had a possible exposure to COVID-19.

If you are concerned about a possible exposure to COVID-19 please self-isolate and contact your primary care provider to determine your best next steps. Not everyone needs to be tested immediately, the time frame of when you should be tested is dependent upon your type of exposure. Typically it is best to complete the test 4-6 days after exposure.

Additionally, we have worked with the Governor's office to bring a second Test Iowa site to Dubuque. Click here to request an appointment through the Test Iowa Initiative site. All appointments for Test Iowa COVID-19 testing must be requested through the online tools.

You must complete the online assessment and get appointment information directly from the Test Iowa website. Please keep in mind that Test Iowa is strictly a testing site, should you have a positive result please reach out to your primary care provider for additional assistance on what next steps you should take.

Test Iowa appointments can also be scheduled through Epic Health and Wellness.

To help provide additional guidance please see our Frequently Asked Questions section below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the definition of close contact/exposure?

Being in close contact (6 feet or less) with a confirmed positive individual for a prolonged period of time (15 minutes or more) without mask/PPE protection from the 48 hours prior to the confirmed positive individual’s symptom onset until that person was officially self-isolated/quarantined.

What should you do if you've had close contact with a 'close contact' (who has not yet tested positive)?

Monitor your symptoms, maintain the universal precautions as already recommended- social distancing (six feet apart) and mask when not possible to distance - you do not need to quarantine. You turn into a ‘close contact’ if your ‘close contact’ has tested positive (Then follow steps outlined in "What should I do if I have been exposed?".

What should I do if I have been in close contact with someone who tested positive?

You should self-isolate/quarantine, monitor your symptoms and seek testing. However, you should wait to be tested until 4-5 days after your exposure to lower the possibility of a false negative test if testing is performed too early. Reach out to your physician if at any time symptoms begin as this may change the timing of testing.

Healthcare personnel exception—Following an exposure, healthcare personnel who remain asymptomatic may be permitted to continue to work wearing a face mask at all times for source control and monitoring symptoms diligently. However, if at anytime following the exposure the healthcare personnel becomes symptomatic they should seek testing and move into self-isolation. If the asymptomatic exposure gets tested but remains asymptomatic they can continue working following the aforementioned precautions. However, if that result then comes back positive they would no longer be permitted to continue working and will move into self-isolation.

- Note that this policy will be dependent upon the healthcare organization and their staffing situations.

What does it mean to self-isolate/quarantine?

If you are asked to self-isolate/quarantine this means that you should stay home, separate yourself from others and monitor your health.

I've been tested, what should I do now?

It is important if you are waiting for your test results, whether you are showing symptoms or not, that you self-isolate/quarantine. If you we not tested through your primary care providers office and receive a positive result you should contact their office for next steps.

How can you help prevent the spread of COVID-19?

To help prevent the spread of all viruses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends:

  • Wear a mask when social distancing measures can not be followed.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Self-isolate/quarantine after an exposure or if you have been tested for COVID-19; remain quarantined until you have a confirmed result back and then for the appropriate timeframe as stated by your healthcare provider.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with your elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.&
  • Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Disinfect & clean commonly touched surfaces and objects.

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Looking to schedule COVID-19 testing at our Test Iowa location?

Visit the Test Iowa website to complete the questionnaire and use the online tools to request an appointment.

Test Iowa Testing Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday 12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Friday 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.