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Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022

Keeping you in The Loop

West campus first to see 10-year facilities master plan projects take shape

As part of the UI’s 10-year facilities master plan, projects will include state-of-the-art buildings, equipment, learning spaces, and other amenities that will help the university deliver on its missions of educating Iowa students and caring for Iowa patients.

Collaborative effort leads to successful new procedure for babies with breathing difficulties

When Beau Needs was born with a floppy airway, his surgery team at UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital performed the first posterior tracheopexy in Iowa to permanently correct the weak trachea.

Update on COVID-19 bivalent vaccine boosters

In this episode of CME’s podcast Rounding@IOWA, host Gerry Clancy, MD, and guests discuss the safety, efficacy, and timing of the newer bivalent COVID-19 vaccine boosters and how we can fight vaccine fatigue.


Today's tip

Did you know there are a variety of events celebrating Native American Heritage Month at the UI? The events showcase the rich culture of the native people of this land as well as honor the Native American and Indigenous People.

In the spotlight

Thank you to all who completed this year’s UI Health Care Working at Iowa Survey! The 78.9% of employees who completed the survey provided valuable input to help us determine areas where UI Health Care is making progress, as well as areas that may need additional effort and focus.

By the numbers

Patient-related care

Total inpatients: 788 today
Total outpatient visits: 4,511 today

C-19 adult inpatients: 14 yesterday, 1,620 to date
C-19 pediatric inpatients: 0 yesterday, 206 to date
% positive symptomatic C-19 test results**: 13% yesterday, 35% to date
Telehealth screenings***: 35 yesterday, 15,562 to date

Employee-specific data

Employees tested positive (self-reported)*: 6 yesterday, 7,170 to date
Employees who have received the first COVID-19 vaccine dose: 0 yesterday, 15,788 to date
Employees who have received both the first and second/final COVID-19 vaccine doses: 0 yesterday, 15,689 to date

Visit COVID-19 by the numbers for more info

Outside UI Health Care

Office of the State Archaeologist at UI protects ancient burial sites across the state

The UI’s Office of the State Archaeologist is tasked with uncovering Iowa’s Indigenous past; however, the most rewarding part for these archaeologists is making connections with local Native American tribes after returning the remains of a long-lost ancestor, Iowa Now reports.

Iowa City Police Department unveils 988 crisis line decal on new squad cars

The Iowa City Police Department revealed its new squad car designs, featuring the addition of a 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline decal beside the traditional 911 number, the Daily Iowan reports.

Study shows 1 billion young people are at risk for hearing loss

A new study has shown that turning down the volume could protect more than 1 billion people at risk for hearing loss, CNN reports.

A man returned a check made out to Haribo for $4.8 million. He was thanked in gummy candy

The way candy company Haribo responded to a man’s sweet gesture has left him more than a little sour, TODAY reports.

UI announces 2022 student athlete success rate

Seven Hawkeye sports teams posted a score at or above their score from 2021, and six teams were at or above the national average within their sport, Iowa’s News Now reports.

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