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Friday, Oct. 30, 2020

Today’s tip

Are you ready to gain an extra hour? That’s right; Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend. Don’t forget to set your clocks back on Nov. 1.

COVID-19 by the numbers

C-19 adult inpatients: 22 yesterday, 665 to date
C-19 pediatric inpatients: 1 yesterday, 37 to date
% positive symptomatic C-19 test results*: 21% yesterday, 18% to date
Employees tested positive (self-reported)**: 20 yesterday, 706 to date
Telehealth screenings***: 381 yesterday, 55,822 to date

Visit COVID-19 by the numbers for more info

Keeping you in The Loop

UI Hospitals and Clinics

Iowa doctors say virus spread risks overwhelming hospitals

Iowa doctors and hospital officials are preparing for a system overrun by patients with COVID-19. They’re discussing how to transfer patients between hospitals and enacting surge plans to handle any overflow, the Associated Press reports.

In case you missed it: October’s top stories

Spooky season is almost over, but unfortunately flu season is here to stay. Take a quick look back at October’s top feature stories that highlight our amazing staff and provide tips on staying safe this holiday season.

Timeline: Carver College of Medicine at 150

The fall of 1870 marked the official beginning of medical education at University of Iowa. The Medical Department was open to men and women, making Iowa one of the first coeducational medical schools in the nation.

COVID-19 announcements and reminders

  • Do you need to order a face shield for a new employee or student? You can do so by using Material Services Processed Stores.
  • Social distancing is more than a nice idea: It’s an absolutely critical aspect of preventing the spread of COVID-19. That means staying six feet apart, no walking in pairs (even if you’re wearing face shields), and asynchronous rounding.

Research volunteers invited

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Physician or APP interested in using wearable devices (Apple Watch, Fitbit, etc) to improve patient care? Take a quick research survey to let us know which measurable outcomes (e.g., BP, HR, waist circumference) would be helpful.

Social shout out

“Let’s all continue to protect ourselves and our community! #MaskUpIA”

–@uihealthcare Facebook comment #UIHCStrong

We Stand Together

Between Halloween and a home football game, it’s a big weekend ahead. Given the current upward trend of COVID-19 cases in Johnson County, it’s more important than ever that you wear a mask, choose outdoor activities, and do not gather in groups of more than 10 people (better yet, stay within your household group). If you do decide to venture out, make sure you remember how to trick-or-treat safely, how to watch the Hawkeyes safely, and check the risks of some common Halloween activities before joining in.

Other news and updates

Outside UI Health Care

Hackers bearing down on US hospitals have more attacks planned

A Russia-based ransomware group responsible for a new wave of attacks against U.S. hospitals is laying the groundwork to cripple at least ten more, Bloomberg reports.

Powerful earthquake jolts Turkey, killing at least four

At least four people have been killed in western Turkey after a powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit the Aegean Sea, sending buildings crashing down in coastal areas, CNN reports.

Moon has more water than previously thought, scientists say

NASA has discovered water on the sunlit surface of the moon, a finding that could help in efforts to establish a permanent human presence on the lunar surface, NBC News reports.

Trevor Lawrence positive for COVID-19

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss tomorrow’s game against Boston College, ESPN reports.

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