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
Keeping you in The Loop
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.
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.
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.
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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
- Reminder: Level 12 of UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital remains closed to patients, approved visitors, faculty, staff, and learners throughout the 2020 Hawkeye football season.
- All patients, visitors, and staff should use Hospital Parking Ramps 1 and 2 on the day of football games at Kinnick Stadium. Due to COVID-19 adjustments, traffic is not anticipated to be heavy.
- Have you received your flu vaccination yet? Remember, all employees are required to participate in the employee flu vaccination campaign. You must receive the influenza vaccine (from here or elsewhere) or decline it in ReadySet in order to comply.
- Halloween is tomorrow, making it a good time to remind all individuals working and learning at UI Hospitals & Clinics that the Professional Appearance Policy (HR-03.21) prohibits holiday or event-themed costumes, including Halloween costumes.
- Do you have an idea on how to improve the patient and family experience with UI Health Care? Submit your application now for a Volunteer Services request for funds, due Sunday, Nov. 1.
Outside UI Health Care
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.
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.
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.
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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