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Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021

Keeping you in The Loop

Boosters, delta, breakthroughs, and more: You asked, we answered

As COVID-19 cases begin to tick up again across the U.S., we know that you have questions about what you can do to stay safe and healthy. We’ve put together a list of your most frequently asked questions and their answers.

Providing shelter from the storm

After a routine appointment, a patient sat down to wait for a cab that never arrived. It’s a story that is still top of mind for Becky Krob, BSN, RN.

ELMS upgrade coming Aug. 12–13

ELMS will experience a downtime beginning at 7 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, until approximately 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, while upgrades are made.

UI Hospitals & Clinics included in ‘Forbes’ Best Employer for Women 2021 list

UI Hospitals & Clinics is once again included on Forbes Best Employers for Women 2021 list, coming in at number 44 on the list and number 9 for health systems.


  • Become a Recreational Services member between Aug. 1, and Sept. 6, and waive the $39 set-up fee. Simply complete the Perpetual Payroll Deduction Form electronically and email completed form to
  • Supportive, palliative, and hospice care offer compassionate care to patients with life-limiting illnesses. Learn how these care types differ.
  • The UI Employee Assistance Program is offering a new financial assistance program for eligible employees experiencing financial hardship.

Today's tip

Did you know the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides confidential, short-term counseling to faculty, staff, and their families?

We Stand Together

Looking for resources about the COVID-19 vaccine? We’ve put together frequently asked questions, stories, how-to guides, and more on our COVID-19 vaccine information page for employees. Check it out on The Loop.

By the numbers

Patient-related care

Total inpatients: 773 today
Total outpatient visits: 3,746 today

C-19 adult inpatients: 17 yesterday, 676 to date
C-19 pediatric inpatients: 1 yesterday, 46 to date
% positive symptomatic C-19 test results**: 7% yesterday, 12% to date
Telehealth screenings***: 77 yesterday, 25,112 to date

Employee-specific data

Employees tested positive (self-reported)*: 5 yesterday, 1,703 to date
Employees who have received the first COVID-19 vaccine dose: 0 yesterday, 15,540 to date
Employees who have received both the first and second/final COVID-19 vaccine doses: 0 yesterday, 15,410 to date

Visit COVID-19 by the numbers for more info

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Outside UI Health Care

Iowa’s impact along RAGBRAI route

As RAGBRAI riders traveled across Iowa, it’s common for them to see plenty of black and gold. Hawkeye pride often takes center stage, whether displayed on the gear of cyclists or adorned on homes and vehicles along the route, IowaNow reports.

Iowa community gives sweet surprise after thief steals from kids’ lemonade stand

After a driver snatched the tip jar from a pair of nine-year-old twins’ lemonade stand in Ames, the police responded with members of three other law enforcement agencies to buy lemonade and help raise back the money that was stolen, KCCI reports.

Spirit and American Airlines canceled hundreds of flights, frustrating passengers

Both Spirit and American Airlines have experienced flight disruptions for the past three days, citing operational challenges and severe weather, NPR reports.

Wildfires burn for 8th day in coastal areas of Turkey

Scorching heat, low humidity, and strong winds have fed the fires in the country’s Mediterranean region, the Associated Press reports.

Two Americans break previous women’s 400m hurdles world record

U.S. track star Sydney McLaughlin broke her own world record to win gold at the Tokyo Olympics, and teammate Dalilah Muhammad came in a close second and also broke the previous record, CBS reports.

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