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Governor’s Office Lifts Cap on Virus Testing at Dubuque Site

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds updates the state’s response to the coronavirus outbreak during a news conference, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, in Urbandale, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A limit on the number of COVID-19 tests performed at a busy Dubuque clinic will be lifted, starting Monday.

Earlier this week, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ office imposed a limit of 100 tests per day on the Epic Health and Wellness clinic in Dubuque, saying the clinic could not handle the volume of testing it was facing, causing long waits and unusable samples.

Before the limit was imposed, the clinic had been conducting between 400 to 550 a day, The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reported.

On Friday, the governor’s office announced it was ending the cap but the clinic would now require appointments for tests.

“We appreciate the full cooperation of Epic Health and Wellness Clinic to adjust the hours of operation and make the recommended scheduling changes in a timely manner to continue to provide access to quality COVID-19 testing in the community,” Reynolds spokesman Pat Garrett said.

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