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Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023

Keeping you in The Loop

The patient’s voice: How interpreters go beyond language barriers

Have you ever actually wanted someone to forget that you were in the room? Those on UI Health Care’s Interpretation and Translation Services team often strive to make it seem like they’re not there.

Debunking 5 common myths about the flu

We expect the flu to come around every year, but what may surprise you is the amount of misinformation that many people have about the flu. To help you stay informed, we’ve put together a list of the five most common flu myths and the facts.


  • The Joint Commission is here. Keep areas free of clutter and dust. Don’t store items on the floor. Rusted equipment and torn or wooden furniture are not cleanable and should be repaired or replaced. Do not prop fire doors open with wedges. Know how to locate safety data sheets for hazardous chemicals.
  • UI Health Care is seeking applications for a pilot grant program that supports research addressing health disparities within our community and patient populations. Applications are due tomorrow.

Today's tip

Reminder: Employees experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should use the MyChart self-checker or call the University Employee Health Clinic to determine next steps.

In the spotlight

Thank you to all who participated in the 2023 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration of Human Rights Week.

Highlights from the week included international cuisine, the distinguished lecture delivered by Donald Warne, MD, MPH, of Johns Hopkins Center for Indigenous Health, and the continued dedication of our employees to make UI Health Care welcoming to all.

By the numbers

Patient-related care

Total inpatients: 797 today
Total outpatient visits: 4,243 today

C-19 adult inpatients: 8 yesterday, 127 to date
C-19 pediatric inpatients: 1 yesterday, 5 to date
% positive symptomatic C-19 test results**: 21% yesterday, 20% to date
Telehealth screenings***: 19 yesterday, 460 to date

Employee-specific data

Employees tested positive (self-reported)*: 3 yesterday, 7,600 to date
Employees who have received the first COVID-19 vaccine dose: 0 yesterday, 15,794 to date
Employees who have received both the first and second/final COVID-19 vaccine doses: 0 yesterday, 15,671 to date

Visit COVID-19 by the numbers for more info

Research studies

  • English-speaking adults ages 18–40 with unimpaired hearing are invited to participate in a research study consisting of auditory tasks and eye-tracking. Participants are compensated $20/hour. Email

Events: Join us

Outside UI Health Care

Architects host open house for Westside Library Project

Cedar Rapids is one step closer to opening a new, permanent location for a westside library, KCRG reports.

A TikTok star who was functionally illiterate finds a community on BookTok

At age 34, Oliver James is teaching himself to read after he made a pledge on TikTok that he would read 100 books this year despite the difficulties he’s had with reading since childhood, NPR reports.

Paris rushing to finish 2024 Olympics construction work

With just 18 months until the 2024 Olympics, Paris is experiencing delays due in part to the impact of Russia’s war in Ukraine on the steel industry, the Associated Press reports.

AP releases finalists for 2022 NFL Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year awards

Jalen Hurts, Justin Jefferson, and Patrick Mahomes are finalists for the Associated Press 2022 NFL Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year awards, Iowa News Now reports.

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