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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Keeping you in The Loop

Overcoming life struggles to become ‘triple threat’

Thomas Pak, MD, PhD, received joint doctorate and medical degrees through the Carver College of Medicine’s Medical Scientist Training Program this past weekend. Now, he aims to use his skills to advance the welfare of all patients, regardless of ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or health.

Digital rendering of the BA.2 subvariant of COVID-19

Why vaccinated people still get sick with COVID-19

With so many health experts, public officials, and organizations pushing for COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters, you may be wondering why some vaccinated individuals are testing positive for COVID-19. Dan Diekema, MD, MS, infectious disease specialist with UI Health Care, explains why.


Today's tip

The UI offers free health coach services which provide confidential, non-judgmental, and motivational resources to help you make simple and sustainable changes, overcome obstacles, and create strategies to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

By the numbers

Patient-related care

Total inpatients: 798 today
Total outpatient visits: 4,140 today

C-19 adult inpatients: 14 yesterday, 830 to date
C-19 pediatric inpatients: 3 yesterday, 117 to date
% positive symptomatic C-19 test results**: 23% yesterday, 35% to date
Telehealth screenings***: 58 yesterday, 8,179 to date

Employee-specific data

Employees tested positive (self-reported)*: 29 yesterday, 4,976 to date
Employees who have received the first COVID-19 vaccine dose: 0 yesterday, 15,766 to date
Employees who have received both the first and second/final COVID-19 vaccine doses: 0 yesterday, 15,672 to date

Visit COVID-19 by the numbers for more info

Events: Join us

  • Meet the Midwives Webinar: 6:30 to 8 p.m. tomorrow via Zoom.
  • Update from our leaders: Join Brooks Jackson, MD, MBA, and Kimberly Hunter, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, at noon Thursday, May 19, for an online update as they take a closer look at what UI Health Care has accomplished so far this year and what they expect to see in the fiscal year ahead.

Outside UI Health Care

Iowa City outdoor pool and three splash pads to open Memorial Day weekend

City Park Pool will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for open swim on May 28–30, KCRG reports.

US deaths from COVID-19 hit 1 million, less than 2 1/2 years in

The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 hit 1 million yesterday, a figure equivalent to a 9/11 attack every day for 336 days or about how many Americans died in the Civil War and World War II combined, the Associated Press reports.

The wildfires burning in the Southwest are bad but ‘not unprecedented’

This year, as in recent ones, large fires began igniting in the region at least a month early due to an extended drought made worse by human-caused climate change, NPR reports.

Airbnb is renting out the iconic Moulin Rouge for three one-night stays

A secluded space inside Paris’ Moulin Rouge, a historic red windmill, will be up for rent on Airbnb for just three overnight stays, NPR reports.

NBA playoffs 2022: The Miami Heat and Boston Celtics have postseason history—a lot of it

To understand the depths of animosity between the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics entering this year’s NBA Eastern Conference finals, you have to go back to an otherwise nondescript regular-season night in March 2013, ESPN reports.

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