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December 2, 2020

11/20/2020 2:48:00 PM
Pandemic claims Iowa County's fourth victim

By Kenyon Bennett
The fourth Iowa County COVID-19 death occurred last week. The unfortunate incident should signal that county residents must follow precautionary guidelines. "We are experiencing the highest volume of cases in Iowa County yet, and it is not slowing down," Director Debbie Siegenthaler, Iowa County Health Department (ICHD), announced. "We continue to be very concerned about hospital capacity, locally and regionally. At Upland Hills Health (UHH) in Dodgeville, the metric for staffing status indicates the number of available staff to care for the volume of patients is red." Iowa County status remains classified as VERY HIGH activity.
ICHD and UHH conduct drive-through COVID-19 tests. Each has specific guidelines. Today, Thurs., Nov. 19, ICHD conducts free drive-through testing from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at ICHD, 303 W. Chapel St., Dodgeville. It will also conduct tests Thurs., Dec. 3. No appointments are required, but pre-registration is highly recommended. Register at
The Wisconsin National Guard offers free drive-through testing Fri., Nov. 20, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at ICHD, 303 W. Chapel St., Dodgeville. Register at The University of Wisconsin System offers free walk-in testing Sat., Nov. 21, at the UW-Platteville Williams Fieldhouse lobby, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Children ages five (5) and older and adults may be tested. A parent or guardian must accompany a minor. Register at
Lafayette County Health Department (LCHD) offers free drive-through testing Thurs., Dec. 10, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Ames Multipurpose Bldg., 11974 Ames Rd., Darlington. Again, no appointments are required, but pre-registration is highly recommended at the website already provided.
UHH set its protocol for drive-through testing in Dodgeville. "All COVID-19 tests are conducted outside the hospital in the drive-through," a hospital COVID-19 team nurse said Nov. 15. "If weather conditions are severe, some tests are conducted at the hospital's emergency portal."
UHH offers COVID-19 drive-through testing to people who live, work, or go to school in Iowa County or those who have a local primary care provider. See and download, print, and complete the registration form provided on the website. You will be screened by phone before your appointment is scheduled. An appointment made in advance is required. Bring the completed form to your appointment, the UHH website states.
Here's how to get an appointment for the UHH COVID-19 drive-through testing. If you have a local primary care provider, do this: Call your primary care provider. Request a COVID-19 test. You will be forwarded to the COVID-19 drive-through registration line. Your primary care provider will place the order for your test.
If you don't have a primary care provider or it's a weekend, do this: Call 608-930-8000. You will be forwarded to the COVID-19 drive-through testing registration line. An UHH primary care provider will be assigned to you and will place the order for your test.
What should you know about COVID-19 testing? First, if you were exposed to a person who tested positive for COVID-19 and you have no symptoms, schedule your test five (5) to seven (7) days after you were exposed. If you develop symptoms after you were exposed, you may schedule a test right away. Second, UHH can't test everyone. Most counties have their own testing site with their own criteria. Please check with your county's health department for your testing site. Consider signing up for MyChart at UHH to retrieve your test results more efficiently, the website states.
An online news consortium,, provided an update of COVID-19 case numbers Nov. 15 for Iowa, Grant, and Lafayette Counties. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (WDHS) and the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) provided the data by census tracts. (Census tract totals may not add up to DHS county totals.) The southwest Wisconsin totals provide the listing of positive tests versus (negative) results), increase of positives from previous day, "probable" cases, percentage of positive tests to total tests, and deaths by county.
Iowa County Totals: 965 (8,119); up 38 from 927 Nov. 13; 29; 10.62%; 4 deaths. (Dodgeville: 237 cases, up 10 from 227 Nov. 13.)
Grant County Totals: 2,910 (18,281); up 143 from 2,767 Nov. 13; 120; 13.73%, 52 deaths.
Lafayette County Totals: 913 (4,928); up 77 from 836 Nov. 13; 13; 15.63%; 2 deaths.

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