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Friday, July 17, 2020

Today’s tip

Keeping your work spaces free from clutter is an important way to maintain a clean and safe environment. Want more cleaning tips? Check out our disinfection guide.

Today's COVID-19 Updates

New: Additional dining and break spaces for faculty and staff

New: Field House Parking Lot closed July 18, Hospital Parking Ramp 2 Hawkins entrance closed July 20-30

Reminder: Typical turnaround time for COVID-19 testing

COVID-19 by the numbers

C-19 adult inpatients: 13 yesterday, 296 to date
C-19 pediatric inpatients: 0 yesterday, 14 to date
% positive C-19 tests: 11% yesterday, 13% to date
Employees tested positive (self-reported): 1 yesterday, 241 to date
Telehealth screenings: 368 yesterday, 25,087 to date

Keeping you in The Loop

Nearly 1,500 nurses cross-trained in case of COVID-19 surge

Nursing leadership led a large-scale effort where nurses took online courses, attended simulation labs, and trained on different units to prepare for a possible COVID-19 patient surge.

Five common mistakes made when wearing a face mask

To help everyone adjust to a new normal, we’ve broken down five common mistakes made when wearing a mask, and how to correctly wear a mask as well.

COVID-19 announcements and reminders

  • Please eat in designated break rooms or cafeterias. Keeping food out of clinical work spaces is one way to keep our campus clean and safe.
  • Reminder: Our patients look to us as models of good social distancing. Remember, social distancing means six feet apart, whenever possible.

Social shout out

“BRAVO @uihealthcare for keeping the health care workers as safe as you can!”

–@uihealthcare Facebook comment #UIHCStrong

We Stand Together

Stay safe while in the community by choosing low-risk activities, and make sure to mask (or shield) up. Common activities are broken down in the graphic below (click to enlarge).

Other news and updates

Research volunteers invited

Find more research studies at

  • Individuals ages 18 to 80 are invited to participate in a research study that investigates assistive device use and changes in speed. For more information, email or call 319-353-5342.

Outside UI Health Care

Fuentes pursuing research and leadership opportunities; Kregel named interim provost

Montse Fuentes, the University of Iowa executive vice president and provost, has elected to pursue a new opportunity at the university, Iowa Now reports.

Exact change please: Walmart, Kroger, CVS are feeling the coin shortage

Stores around the U.S. are struggling with an unexpected shortage. They are asking shoppers to pay with a card or produce exact change when possible, NPR reports.

NASA pushes back launch date on webb space telescope

The launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, the long-awaited—and long-delayed—successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, has been pushed back another seven months, NASA said citing, in part, delays from the COVID-19 pandemic, NPR reports.

NCAA issues next set of return-to-sport guidelines

The NCAA’s third set of guidelines are expected to be followed by Power Five teams returning to competition, The Daily Iowan reports.

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