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COVID-19 by the Numbers

The University of Iowa publishes an updated snapshot of self-reported positive COVID-19 tests from faculty, staff, and students every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

The data below reflects new cases since Oct. 28, 2020.

Self-reported COVID-19 positive test results



19 2,168



New Cases Semester-to-date
9 100


Residence Hall Students in Quarantine and Self-isolation


Number of residence hall students in quarantine: 3*

Number of residence hall students in self-isolation: 8**

These numbers reflect only self-reported positive or presumed positive COVID-19 tests from UI faculty, staff, and students on the academic campus since Aug. 18, 2020. The data will not match data reported by the UI Hospitals & Clinics or by the Iowa Department of Public Health for several reasons, including different testing time intervals and geographic scope.

Students who also are employees of the university are only reported in the student number to avoid double counting. The UI has more than 30,000 students and nearly 30,000 employees. Many employees continue to work remotely, but have self-reported to authorize sick leave.

*Quarantine: Quarantine is used to  keep someone who might have been  exposed  to COVID-19 away from others.

**Self-isolation: Isolation is used to  separate people infected with the virus (those who are  symptomatic and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected.