COVID-19 Safety Guidelines
Modified on 5/19/2021 at 11:50am

An overview of our safety policy and details on our expectations for employees on face coverings, social distancing, hygiene, and more.

View our Safety Policy here.

View more details on our COVID-19 Safety & PPE page.

Employee safety standards

Click through the menus below to view the things that employees are expected to do each and every day.

Face masks
Updated on 11/08/2022 at 8:20 am

Effective Wednesday, Nov. 9:

In non-patient care buildings (where neither direct patient care nor high-level disinfection nor sterilization related to patient care occurs):

  • Face masks are not required, but welcome, for all employees in non-patient care buildings.
  • If you feel unwell or experience any symptoms of COVID-19, stay home and use the MyChart self-checker to assess your need for a COVID-19 test.

In patient care buildings (where direct patient care or high-level disinfection or sterilization related to patient care occurs):

  • Medical-grade face masks are required for all employees except while alone in a private office or when eating/drinking.
  • If you work in an area that provides patient care, you should wear a mask from your unit or clinic, as these masks have been specially ordered and are intended for patient care (e.g., yellow medical-grade face masks or an N95 respirator).
  • KN95s and the blue face masks found at many entrances and exits will be for our patients and visitors and for those employees who do not work in clinical areas. Certain masks, like the blue masks and KN95 masks you may find across campus, were not intended for medical use, but still provide superior protection to cloth masks. These masks are safe and effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
  • Employees who provide care to patients with COVID-19 or those who are under investigation for COVID-19 (PUI) must wear an N95 respirator and eye protection. View additional safety and PPE guidelines here.

You should use a new medical mask each day.

View frequently asked questions about face masks and face coverings here.

N95 respirators
Updated on 08/17/2021 at 2:26 pm

Starting Thursday, Aug. 19, all staff, regardless of vaccination status, who care for a patient with COVID-19 or a person under investigation (PUI) for COVID-19 will be required to wear an N95 respirator. This new guidance applies to both the inpatient and outpatient setting. 

N95 respirators will be readily available on your unit or in your clinic. You must be fit to a specific size of N95 respirator.

Read more about N95 respirator requirements.

Hand hygiene
Updated on 10/15/2020 at 10:59 am

All employees must engage in frequent hand washing/hand sanitizing with soap and water or with alcohol-based sanitizer.

Hygiene of shared spaces and high-touch items
Updated on 10/15/2020 at 11:00 am

Make sure that you’re taking extra care to keep your work spaces and high-touch items (like your phone, keyboard, mouse, badge, etc.) clean.

Shared work spaces should be cleaned before and after use.

View surface cleaning and disinfection guidelines.

View our guide to cleaning common high-touch items.



Updated on 10/15/2020 at 11:00 am

Be mindful of your own health. Take your temperature twice daily, and do not come into work if you have the following symptoms. Instead, call ahead to the University Employee Health Clinic at 319-356-3631. Please do not arrive in person unless you’ve been told to do so for follow-up.

Any of these symptoms:

  • Fever of 100.0° F or greater
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell

Or at least two of these symptoms: 

  • Headache
  • Unexplained muscle pain or body aches
  • Chills