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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Today’s tip

Aim for 8 glasses of water a day and 7 hours of sleep each night. Taking care of yourself in these ways helps your body respond effectively to stress and builds resiliency.

Today's COVID-19 Updates

Update: New inclusion criteria added to HERO Registry and HERO-HCQ trial

Update: University of Iowa travel policy

COVID-19 by the numbers

C-19 adult inpatients: 15 yesterday, 292 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, 240 to date
Telehealth screenings: 358 yesterday, 24,729 to date

Keeping you in The Loop

University of Iowa Heart and Vascular Center performs 1,000th TAVR procedure

More than 1,000 patients have received their TAVR treatment at UI Hospitals & Clinics Heart and Vascular Center, which was the first center in the nation to be certified a Joint Commission-accredited Valve Program. Note: This photo was taken before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cancer grant examines impact of COVID-19 on cancer-related behaviors

Mary Carleton, PhD; UI College of Public Health; and Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center have received a $100,000 supplemental grant from the National Cancer Institute to research the impact of COVID-19 and social distancing on cancer-related behaviors.

Cindy Dawson: A stellar UI Health Care career drawing to a close

Cindy Dawson, MSN, RN, CORLN, chief nurse executive and associate director for UI Hospitals & Clinics, has decided to bring to a close her 44-year career with UI Health Care, effective Dec. 2.

COVID-19 announcements and reminders

  • Not sure which personal protective equipment (PPE) to wear and when? View our graphic to make sure you’re properly outfitted with the correct PPE.
  • MyChart is the free, easy way to manage your health care from the comfort of home, 24/7. We’ve created a new resource for our patients to help them become more familiar with MyChart, including two step-by-step how-to videos. View our page, Get to know MyChart.

Social shout out

“Thank you @uihealthcare for your continued leadership during the #COVID19 pandemic! #WeStandTogether”

–@uihealthcare Twitter mention #UIHCStrong

We Stand Together

Why does Lynne Vestal, senior behavioral health clinician, mask up? “I mask up even when biking on the trails. Each one of us bears responsibility to care for others. We’re all in this together!”

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

  • Virtual Science Thursday: musical performance from Ingrid Streitz, noon to 1 p.m. today, via Facebook
  • HR policy reminder: In order to promote a fragrance-free environment, staff should not wear perfume or other scents. Fragrances may cause allergic or adverse reactions in others.
  • Every patient’s story is personal and can inspire others. Patients and families can share their meaningful or positive experiences with UI Health Care through the “Share Your Story” links on or

Research volunteers invited

Find more research studies at

  • Individuals ages 5-15 and their parents are invited to participate in a research study on bedwetting. The study involves using a bedwetting alarm for treatment of nighttime wetting. Compensation. View qualification details. Contact Denise Juhr at 319-356-1111 or if interested.

Outside UI Health Care

UI international students will not be required to leave the US during virtual-only instruction

More than 2,000 UI international students will no longer have to leave the U.S. after Thanksgiving when the university moves to virtual-only instruction, The Daily Iowan reports.

Coralville Mayor issues proclamation asking all to wear masks, social distance

Coralville Mayor John Lundell is asking that individuals wear face masks and practice social distancing and that businesses comply with these recommendations, KWWL reports.

Walmart, Sam’s Club, Kroger, among businesses requiring shoppers to wear face masks

Retail giant Walmart and grocery-store chain Kroger are among businesses that soon will require customers to wear face masks inside all of their stores, KCRG reports.

Organizers nix 2021 Rose Parade, its first cancellation since WWII

Organizers of the colorful Pasadena, California, tradition announced yesterday that they would be unable to host the parade in accordance with the state’s reopening timeline, NPR reports.

Schools have low coronavirus infection rate, German study finds

A study of 2,000 children and teachers was carried out in May by the Medical Faculty of the TU Dresden and University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus and the results of the first test phase were released Monday, CNBC reports.

Masks and social distancing at Dolce & Gabbana’s first COVID-19-era catwalk

No air kissing and no hugs, a safely distanced front row, and face masks were required as Dolce & Gabbana had to rewrite the rules of high-end fashion engagement, Reuters reports.

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