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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Today’s tip

Please continue sanitizing your workstation (desk, keyboard, phone, etc.) at the beginning and end of your clinics.

Today's COVID-19 Updates

Reminder: Level 12 of UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital remains closed

COVID-19 by the numbers

C-19 adult inpatients: 18 yesterday, 329 to date
C-19 pediatric inpatients: 2 yesterday, 17 to date
% positive C-19 tests: 13% yesterday, 12% to date
Employees tested positive (self-reported): 0 yesterday, 268 to date
Telehealth screenings: 304 yesterday, 28,711 to date

Keeping you in The Loop

Sister’s cancer fight inspires medical dreams

Nolan Ford spent much of his childhood at UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital watching his sister fight cancer. The experience motivated him to pursue a medical career at the very same hospital.

University of Iowa to start giving trial coronavirus vaccines Thursday *

The UI portion of the trial will involve about 250 volunteers ages 18 to 85 who are generally healthy, not pregnant, and have jobs or engage in activities that put them at heightened risk of contracting COVID-19, says Patricia Winokur, MD, The Gazette reports.

*Subscription service, limited access

Epi Explains: Discussing COVID-19 with your children

In the latest Epi Explains video, Infectious Disease Specialist Melanie Wellington, MD, PhD, provides some tips on how to talk to your children about the COVID-19 virus.

COVID-19 announcements and reminders

  • Nominate a Health Care Hero: Do you know a UI Health Care employee who has gone above and beyond during the COVID-19 pandemic? Or have you heard a story of resiliency that you just had to share with someone? We’d love to collect these stories about our health care heroes.
  • If you’re concerned about having symptoms of COVID-19, call ahead to the University Employee Health Clinic at 319-356-3631. Read more on The Loop’s COVID-19 page under Employee health.

Social shout out

“Thank you to every single person working at UIHC. Your commitment goes far above and beyond. We cannot thank you enough for all you do! Thank you!!”

—@uihealthcare Facebook comment #UIHCStrong

We Stand Together

Christina Woline, MSN, RN, NPD-BC, and nursing practice leader, has led the assessment of the environment and set up safety enhancements in the Nursing Clinical Education Center (NCEC) to align with the “We Stand for Safety” initiative. Her dedication has allowed for safe live education and events to occur in the NCEC.

Other news and updates

Outside UI Health Care

‘Mask of Wellness’ movement takes off in Iowa by encouraging businesses to be ‘COVID conscious’

The movement encourages businesses to take steps to promote health and safety as they reopen and keep their doors open during the pandemic, KCRG reports.

University of Iowa College of Engineering uses artificial-intelligence to solve problems across campus

UI researchers use AI technology to solve research problems in different departments across campus. The College of Engineering is also developing classes for undergraduate students to learn more about this field, The Daily Iowan reports.

Big-money investors gear up for a trillion-dollar bet on farmland

Farmland has become steadily more expensive, and the pool of farmers and their heirs who can afford to buy it is shrinking. Yet there’s a growing appetite for it among investors, including pension funds and wealthy individuals, NPR reports.

NASA launches Mars rover to look for signs of ancient life

The biggest, most sophisticated Mars rover ever built blasted off Thursday as part of a project to bring the first Martian rock samples back to Earth to be analyzed for evidence of ancient life, AP News reports.

Rutgers football COVID-19 outbreak linked to on-campus party

An on-campus party at Rutgers that several athletes attended may have led to the coronavirus outbreak that forced the entire team into a two-week quarantine, ESPN reports.

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