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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Today's COVID-19 updates

New: UI Health Care ready to welcome all employees back to the workplace 

Tomorrow: Employee forum at noon

Keeping you in The Loop

Renata Pereira: A champion for others

Renata Pereira Alambert, PhD, studies mechanisms to counteract obesity and associated disorders, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. 

Vaxx Facts: The COVID-19 vaccine and breastfeeding/lactation

In the newest “Vaxx Facts” video, obstetrician gynecologist Miriam Murray, MD, shares that it is safe to receive a COVID-19 vaccine while breastfeeding or lactating.

Announcements and reminders

Social shout-out

“Very proud of the nurses for your dedication and kindness for your patients.”

–@uihealthcare Facebook comment #UIHCStrong

We Stand Together

Want to help us improve the patient experience?

Recommend that your patients apply to our Patient and Family Advisory Board. Members have a regular opportunity to discuss ideas with our care teams.

COVID-19 by the numbers

Patient-related care

C-19 adult inpatients: 13 yesterday, 460 to date
C-19 pediatric inpatients: 0 yesterday, 31 to date
% positive symptomatic C-19 test results**: 9% yesterday, 14% to date
Telehealth screenings***: 207 yesterday, 18,318 to date

Employee-specific data

Employees tested positive (self-reported)*: 1 yesterday, 1,623 to date
Employees who have received the first COVID-19 vaccine dose: 135 yesterday, 13,516 to date
Employees who have received both the first and second/final COVID-19 vaccine doses: 0 yesterday, 12,779 to date

Visit COVID-19 by the numbers for more info

Research volunteers invited

  • Individuals age 18 and older who are expecting a male child or child of unknown sex are invited to participate in a research study about parental views on ‘The Circumcision Decision.’ Both fathers and mothers are eligible. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Denise Juhr at 319-356-1111 or

Find more research studies at

Outside UI Health Care

Fort Dodge truck driver nominated national driver of the year award

Steve Alliger is getting some major recognition for his dedication and safety on the road, KCRG reports.

Two friends defied pandemic fears to open Feedwell Kitchen & Bakery in Cedar Rapids

During the pandemic, the two say they found comfort in working together to feed people, Little Village Magazine reports.

Ketchup shortage hits restaurants across the United States

When the pandemic forced many restaurants to ramp up their takeout game, the demand for those handy individual ketchup packets quickly skyrocketed, NBC News reports.

How one man—and a creative map—made a difference in Panama’s COVID-19 crisis

Carlos Doviaza created an interactive online map to monitor the pandemic situation in indigenous communities, NPR reports.

Iowa’s Luka Garza awarded 2021 men’s Wooden Award, secures consensus National Player of the Year honors

Garza is now the first player in the history of the Iowa men’s basketball program to earn the honor, The Daily Iowan reports.

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