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Friday, March 27, 2020

We are caring for 581 inpatients and have 678 outpatient visits today.

High: 55 Low: 50 Chance showers

High: 71 Low: 43 Rain

Broadcasts: Need to know

Employee health reminder: Call ahead

If staff are concerned about having symptoms of COVID-19, call ahead to the University Employee Health Clinic at 319-356-3631. Please do not arrive in person unless you’ve been told to do so for follow-up.

Reminder: No personal photos or videos on hospital grounds

It is against hospital policy to take personal photos or video recordings on hospital grounds. Doing so may compromise the privacy of our patients, faculty, and staff, and could result in a HIPAA violation and disciplinary action.

News: In The Loop

Video: Your face shield is your safety shield

It is best to leave your face shield on for as long as possible, remove it correctly (by the headband, not by pushing on the shield), and never push up the shield over your head.

Showing our community that ‘We Stand Together’

To help showcase our support of the bravery of our colleagues, “We Stand Together” yard signs will be available for staff this afternoon at the current hospital entrances and exits. Limited supply available. Please remember to social distance when picking up your sign!

Social distancing: Why a few steps makes a big difference

Did you know that six feet can actually go a long way? That’s the idea behind social distancing.

Facebook Live replay, with Theresa Brennan, MD

Watch the replay of yesterday’s Facebook Live as Chief Medical Officer Theresa Brennan, MD, answers questions from the public about COVID-19.


  • Food and Nutrition Services have made a number of updates to their services. They are providing premade to-go salads and other options served by food staff, instead of self-serve options, in addition to other updates.
  • Password troubles? You can reset it yourself without calling the Help Desk. Just visit, anytime, anywhere. Learn where you can always find this link, including a new link on the Epic login screen.
  • The Iowa Hospital Education and Research Foundation (IHERF) is offering several scholarship opportunities through the Health Care Careers Scholarship program. All portions of the application must be submitted by Monday, March 30.
  • Are you looking for ways to improve your workplace? If so, UI Staff Council nominations are now open. Nominate yourself or a colleague by March 30.

Outside UI Health Care

Iowa governor expands business closures amid increasing COVID-19 spread

Gov. Kim Reynolds called for a closure of certain retail businesses, as well as a delay in nonessential surgical and dental procedures, The Daily Iowan reports.

Do you wear contact lenses? You should switch to glasses to stop spreading the virus

Contact lens users not only touch their eyes to put in and remove their lens twice or more a day, they also touch their eyes and face much more than people who don’t wear contacts, CNN reports.

Golf courses still open

While health clubs and gyms were forced to close because of the COVID-19 pandemic, golf courses are still open, KCRG reports.

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