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Friday, July 10, 2020

Today’s tip

Have questions about telework, pay practices, travel, holding events, or wellness and prevention? Visit the HR & Employee Health page on the COVID-19 Hub.

Today's COVID-19 Updates

New: Corridor between Wild Rose Gifts and Elevator D to close from July 13-31, staff rerouted

Update: Changes to gonorrhea/chlamydia testing starting today

Reminder: Use only dedicated locations for staff drop-off and pick-up

Reminder: New staff screening process, extended hours at staff entrance in PFP starting Monday, July 13

COVID-19 by the numbers

C-19 adult inpatients: 13 yesterday, 276 to date
C-19 pediatric inpatients: 0 yesterday, 12 to date
% positive C-19 tests: 8% yesterday, 13% to date
Employees tested positive (self-reported): 7 yesterday, 220 to date
Telehealth screenings: 390 yesterday, 22,806 to date

Keeping you in The Loop

UIHC taking part in drug trial that could turn the tide against COVID-19

With the pressure on to find a meaningful way to treat the coronavirus, Alejandro Comellas, MD, director of clinical research support at UI Hospitals & Clinics, says that one drug—called REGN-COV2—looks promising, CBS2 reports.


Graduate medical education team awarded AMA grant focused on diversity and inclusion

A University of Iowa Health Care team of graduate medical education professionals—led by Nkanyezi Ferguson, MD, and Lauren Hock, MD—has received a $30,000 grant to create educational resources that will benefit providers and patients alike by empowering providers to address discriminatory behavior in clinical encounters.

Welcoming new providers from June 2020

Welcome to our most recent UI Health Care providers who started during the month of June: Junjie Liu, MD, PhD, neurologist; Becca Mallon, MS, RDN, LD, dietician; and Bryan Wilson, MD, emergency medicine physician.

COVID-19 announcements and reminders

Social shout out

“#MaskUpIA #FaceShieldsForAll @UIchildrens @uihealthcare For all of our livelihoods, we need to be in this together to keep everybody safe!” 

–@uihealthcare Twitter mention #UIHCStrong

We Stand Together

After technical issues arose with the old machine, a new SteraMist applicator was donated to UI Health Care by TOMI Environmental Solutions. The SteraMist machine assists in the reprocessing of N95 respirators, allowing the masks to be used up to six times after decontamination. Currently, with help from the SteraMist machine, around 120 to 150 N95 masks are reprocessed every day.


Other news and updates

  • The Carver College of Medicine is seeking nominations of MD students to be inducted into the Arnold P. Gold Foundation’s Gold Humanism Honor Society. Submit nominations by July 26.
  • Food & Nutrition Services provides local outside restaurants’ food to sell in our cafes. Check out today’s community partnership meal.
  • UI Health Care pharmacies offer a 20% discount on many over-the-counter products with the presentation of an employee badge or validation in the university directory at checkout.
  • Submit non-urgent work requests to Engineering Services, Environmental Services, and Guest Services through the 159 Support Services Center.
  • Cigarette smokers aged 55-80 are invited to participate in study about when they do/do not smoke. Quitting is not required. Compensation provided. or 319-214-3980.

Outside UI Health Care

UI libraries are preserving images of spray-painting from Black Lives Matter protests

UI is capturing and preserving images of spray-painting on campus during recent Black Lives Matter protests to ensure the messages are not forgotten and can help guide the university in its work to make meaningful changes, Iowa Now reports.

Eastern Iowa Airport to implement new Travel Well screening program

The Eastern Iowa Airport announced yesterday a new health screening program it plans to implement in the near future, KCRG reports.

MIT-designed robot can disinfect a warehouse floor in 30 minutes

MIT has designed a robot that is capable of disinfecting the floor of a 4,000-square foot warehouse in only half an hour, and it could one day be used to clean your local grocery store or school, CNN reports

Walmart ready to give Amazon Prime a serious run for its money

Walmart is reportedly close to launching its own membership program that closely resembles Amazon Prime, CNN reports.

Big Ten announces conference-only schedules for fall sports

The Big Ten Conference announced Thursday that if it is able to participate in fall sports based on medical advice, it will move to conference-only schedules, The Daily Iowan reports.

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