Avoid eating together and sharing food, including individually packaged items, with your colleagues. Try to stagger your eating times to avoid crowded breakrooms and use plexiglass dividers when eating.
Given our high vaccination rate enterprise-wide, with these additional safety measures, it is safe for our entire team to continue working in person. We will not be asking staff to return to remote work, and requests for remote work will not be approved until a formal remote work plan and policy is in place.
A formal task force has been convened to develop a proposal and plan for remote work considerations and approval within UI Health Care.
This guidance will be in place until the situation in Iowa and Johnson County has decreased below the risk of substantial transmission of COVID-19. Our Program of Hospital Epidemiology evaluates this daily.
No, at this time there is no change to our staff screening process. By coming to work you are attesting that you do not have symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Please remember that if you feel unwell you should stay home, contact your supervisor, and call the University Employee Health Clinic at 319-356-3631.
No, though you should socially distance yourself from others when possible. Also, please consider using virtual meeting options like Zoom when meeting in person is not necessary. If you do meet in person, masks are required in clinical and non-clinical spaces in patient care facilities, and masks are encouraged in all other UI Health Care locations such as the Carver College of Medicine. Food should not be consumed during meetings at this time.
Masks are not required outdoors unless you are in crowded spaces where distancing (6 feet or more) is not possible.
Staff in facilities where patients do not receive care, such as the Health Care Support Services Building (HSSB), are encouraged to wear face masks, regardless of their vaccination status. Face masks will be readily available.
Staff at these facilities should also follow all of our other safety measures, such as coming to work healthy, and following guidelines for meetings and gatherings and eating around others.
Faculty, staff, and students in facilities where patients do not receive care are encouraged to wear face masks, regardless of their vaccination status. Face masks are readily available.
Staff at these facilities should also follow other safety measures, such as distancing, coming to work healthy, and following guidelines for meetings and gatherings and eating around others.
Fully vaccinated people are no longer required to wear a mask or physically distance in university buildings or on UI campus, except in health care settings and where required by state or federal guidelines (e.g., passengers on CAMBUS).
Yes, students and volunteers should follow all employee safety and personal protective equipment standards based on the facility they are in.
No, staff are not required to wear a mask when alone in a private office.
Yes. If you are in a facility where patients receive care, you are required to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status. The only time you do not have to wear a mask is if you are alone in a private office. You are also permitted to remove your mask briefly when you are eating or drinking, but you should do so physically separated from other colleagues.
In non-patient care facilities, face masks are encouraged.
Yes. All travelers are required to wear a mask on all planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the U.S. and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.