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Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021

Today’s tip

Check out new menu items in the Atrium and Fountain Dining Rooms.

Today's COVID-19 updates

Tomorrow: COVID-19 Employee Forum at noon

Starting today: Vancomycin dosing and monitoring


Keeping you in The Loop

COVID-19 vaccine update: Continuing employee vaccinations and preparing to vaccinate patients in Phase 1b

After more than six weeks of employee vaccinations, we will soon begin the next phase of our COVID-19 vaccination journey.

It’s time to complete your 2021 Conflict of Interest disclosure

As part of an annual process, you’re required to complete an online “Annual Disclosure of Outside Professional Activities and Interests” through the eCOI electronic disclosure system.

Microbiologist shares her passion through STEM outreach program

Theresa Ho will explain her role as a microbiologist during a pandemic as part of UI Health Care’s Kids Go STEM virtual program to be held Saturday, Jan. 30. Ho’s session is titled, “Inside Science and Small Wonders.”

COVID-19 announcements and reminders

  • Do your patients have questions about the COVID-19 vaccines? We now have a COVID-19 vaccine hub on with videos, frequently asked questions, resources and more.
  • If patients are concerned about possible COVID-19 symptoms, they may call 319-384-9010 or schedule a video visit through MyChart. Employees should call the University Employee Health Clinic at 319-356-3631.

Social shout-out

“Keep up the fight! Be strong! Be mighty! Be happy!”

–@uichildrens Facebook comment #UIHCStrong

We Stand Together

Why was Voalte implemented at UI Health Care? How do I use Voalte Me? How can I call back someone who paged me?

Find answers to these and many other questions on our Voalte page on The Loop.

COVID-19 by the numbers

Patient-related care

C-19 adult inpatients: 29 yesterday, 209 calendar year-to-date
C-19 pediatric inpatients: 0 yesterday, 11 calendar year-to-date
% positive symptomatic C-19 test results**: 9% yesterday, 20% calendar year-to-date
Telehealth screenings***: 257 yesterday, 6,810 calendar year-to-date

Employee-specific data

Employees tested positive (self-reported)*: 5 yesterday, 1,557 to date
Employees who have received the first COVID-19 vaccine dose: 0 yesterday, 8,928 to date
Employees who have received both the first and second/final COVID-19 vaccine doses:  743 yesterday, 4,861 to date

Visit COVID-19 by the numbers for more info

Other news and updates

Research volunteers invited

Find more research studies at

  • Cigarette smokers aged 55-80 are invited to participate in a study about when they do/do not smoke. Quitting not required. Compensation provided. Contact or 319-214-3980.

Outside UI Health Care

Snow and blowing snow continues today, roads stay slick

Snowfall totals have varied drastically across eastern Iowa, with most areas picking up 3 to 7 inches. An additional 1 to 3 inches will be likely through the morning before the storm fully exits, KCRG reports.

Gymnast Nia Dennis earns praise for her ‘Black excellence’ routine

Dennis, a senior at UCLA, was competing against Arizona State when she executed the routine celebrating Black culture, CNN reports.

New Zealand records first suspected COVID-19 community case since November

New Zealand has kept its community spread of the coronavirus low by keeping tight border controls, NPR reports.

Washington announces hiring of Jennifer King as assistant running backs coach

King is the first black woman to serve as a full-time assistant coach in the NFL, NBC Sports reports.

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