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Monday, July 13, 2020

Today’s tip

Have questions about face shields? Visit the Face Shield FAQ page on to view all the information you need.

Today's COVID-19 updates

Reminder: New staff screening process and extended hours at staff entrance in PFP starting today

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

COVID-19 by the numbers

C-19 adult inpatients: 12 yesterday, 284 to date
C-19 pediatric inpatients: 0 yesterday, 13 to date
% positive C-19 tests: 11% yesterday, 13% to date
Employees tested positive (self-reported): 8 yesterday, 230 to date
Telehealth screenings: 269 yesterday, 23,694 to date

Epic: What’s New

See the Epic Status Report for July 14, 2020for all updates and screenshots.


  • Updates to In Basket Result Report for Vascular Ultrasounds
  • Update to EKG/Holter In Basket Result Report

Access and Revenue

  • Correcting appointments to “No Show”

Epic Education Resources

Keeping you in The Loop

Trials for a treatment

As medical professionals worldwide explored treatment options for COVID-19, a UI Health Care infectious disease research team led by Dilek Ince, MD, participated in a clinical study on remdesivir—an intravenous antiviral drug that’s shown the potential to shorten recovery time and reduce deaths.

Foot surgery prepares Remmert to continue family college football tradition

Jacob Remmert thought his football-playing days might be over after he fractured a bone in his foot before his senior year of high school, but UI orthopedic surgeon Kyle Duchman, MD, had the expertise Remmert needed so he could return to the field quickly.

COVID-19 announcements and reminders

  • Do you need to order a face shield for a new employee or student? Request one from Material Services Processed Stores.
  • Feeling overwhelmed or anxious? For additional support, call our mental health hotline at 319-678-4148 (internally 8-4148) to speak with a provider from the UI Department of Psychiatry. The hotline is staffed 24/7.
  • If staff are concerned about having symptoms of COVID-19, 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. Read more on The Loop’s COVID-19 page under Employee Health.

Social shout out

“Hospital and clinics are very clean. Keep up the great job UIHC!”

-@uihealthcare Facebook comment #UIHCStrong

We Stand Together

Iowans protect each other. Please wear a face covering to help us slow the spread of COVID-19. #MaskUpIA

Other news and updates

  • UI QuickCare facilities in North Liberty and the Old Capitol Mall remain temporarily closed. Other UI QuickCare and UI Urgent Care locations will remain open.
  • Schedule a cut and color at the Fourth Floor Salon (Elevator BE, Level 4) between July 6 and July 17 and save $20.
  • UI Health Care developed an OutList and invites anyone who identifies as LGBTQ+ to participate. The OutList will foster an inclusive community and provide members of the LGBTQ+ community with informal networking and mentoring opportunities.
  • DeGowin Blood Center summer blood drive: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, July 13, UI Old Museum of Art, Types O-positive and O-negative whole blood donors needed

Outside UI Health Care

University of Iowa announces budget reductions to begin fiscal year 2021

The university announced additional budget cuts after a reduction in state support from the Iowa Legislature, Iowa Now reports.

Public-health officials examine effects of alcohol consumption on spread of COVID-19

Alcohol consumption impairs judgment and suppresses the immune system, potentially increasing contraction vulnerability and COVID-19 transmission for people drinking at bars and restaurants, The Daily Iowan reports.

CDC employees call racism a public health crisis

Pointing to COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on people of color, 1007 employees at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention call on the agency to declare racism a public health crisis, NPR reports.

Hugging a tree in Israel to beat the coronavirus blues

Israel’s Nature and Parks Authority is urging Israelis to join sightseeing tours and find comfort in tree hugging to overcome the sense of detachment brought on by social distancing guidelines, Reuters reports.

Washington NFL Team Retires Old Nickname, Logo; Developing New Name and Design

Amid growing racial tensions in the U.S., the Washington football team will no longer be known as the “Redskins” after owner Dan Snyder announced the team will officially change its nickname, CNN reports.


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