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Monday, July 20, 2020

Today’s tip

Do you miss giving people high fives? Want a fun way to thank a coworker? Send them a virtual high five!

COVID-19 by the numbers

C-19 adult inpatients: 15 yesterday, 302 to date
C-19 pediatric inpatients: 0 yesterday, 14 to date
% positive C-19 tests: 5% yesterday, 13% to date
Employees tested positive (self-reported): 1 yesterday, 243 to date
Telehealth screenings: 225 yesterday, 25,862 to date

View COVID-19 by the numbers

Epic: What’s New

See the Epic Status Report for July 21, 2020, for all updates and screenshots.


  • Iowa Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Interoperable with Epic

Access and Revenue

  • Update and Addition to Patient Fast Pass Appointment Offers

Epic Education Resources

Keeping you in The Loop

Epi Explains: Face masks and carbon dioxide

Do face masks impede your breathing or make you retain carbon dioxide (CO2)? Intensive Care Unit physician Greg Schmidt, MD, settles the argument for us in this week’s Epi Explains video.

A special calling

A veteran nurse of more than 40 years, Janis Tener, RN, BSN, CDN, has a passion for helping chronically ill patients. When COVID-19 came to our community, Tener and the dialysis team leapt into action.

Environmental services during COVID-19

With the arrival of COVID-19, our Environmental Services (EVS) team entered the spotlight. Glen Rogers, assistant director of EVS, says while COVID-19 might be like nothing we’ve seen before, we’ve adapted quickly to meet the challenge, Infection Control Today reports.

COVID-19 announcements and reminders

  • Do you know a colleague who leads the way with safety? Someone who always wears their face covering, who helps others follow our safety guidelines? Someone who goes the (social) distance? Send them a safety shout-out to recognize them for their commitment to safety.
  • Patients can use our video visit service to get flu or COVID-19 symptoms checked out. If staff are concerned about having symptoms of COVID-19, call ahead to the University Employee Health Clinic at 319-356-3631.

Social shout out

“Honestly, our hospital’s management of the situation has been absolutely stellar. I’ve been incredibly impressed.”

–@uihealthcare Twitter mention #UIHCStrong

We Stand Together

Why does Ameya Walimbe, fourth-year medical student, mask up? “I mask up any time I am in the hospital and any time I am outside my home so that I do not infect my patients with coronavirus.”

Post a picture of yourself wearing a mask (or shield) on social media and use the hashtag #MaskUpIA to show how you keep yourself and others safe. Or, email your photo to and share why you #MaskUpIA

Other news and updates

Research volunteers invited

Find more research studies at

  • Health care providers are invited to participate in a study expanding access to medication assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorders. Eligible clinicians will complete a free MAT training, which leads to a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine to treat OUD. For details and registration, email

Outside UI Health Care

Black researchers at the University of Iowa named to inspiring-scientists list

Researchers at the UI Carver College of Medicine are listed among 100 inspiring Black scientists for efforts and achievements in their fields, The Daily Iowan reports.

Iowa City schools reworking return to learn plan after governor’s proclamation

Governor Reynolds announced Friday that school districts must reopen in some capacity unless they have a public health emergency, KWWL reports.

Kansas dog makes 50-mile trek to her old home in Missouri

A dog named Cleo who disappeared from her home in Kansas earlier this month turned up a few days later at her old home in Missouri, about 50 miles away, The Associated Press reports.

Delta Air Lines announces new health screenings for passengers who can’t wear masks

Delta Air Lines will now require medical screenings for passengers who can’t wear face masks due to health reasons—and asks that they reconsider flying altogether, CNN reports.

Gene therapy shows promise for hemophilia, but could be most expensive US drug ever

Biomarin Pharmaceutical, a California company that makes what could become the first gene therapy for hemophilia, says the drug’s price tag might be $3 million per patient, NPR reports.

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