Friday, October 2, 2020

University of Iowa self-reported COVID-19 testing

These data reflect new cases since Sept. 30, 2020.

The University of Iowa has published an updated snapshot of self-reported positive COVID-19 tests from faculty, staff, and students.

Number of self-reported cases of COVID-19


  • New cases: 11
  • Semester-to-date: 2,005


  • New cases: 3
  • Semester-to-date: 48

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. These data will not match data reported by 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.

Number of residence hall students in quarantine: 4*

Number of residence hall students in self-isolation: 11**

*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.


Main Library adds weekend hours

After listening to student input and carefully considering safety factors, University Libraries has announced the Main Library Learning Commons will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. beginning Saturday, Oct. 3. Students, faculty, and staff can swipe in at the north entrance.

Face coverings are required, even when sitting six or more feet from others in secluded areas of the library. Library users may remove face coverings only in designated enclosed spaces. Reserve personal, enclosed spaces at the Main Library (LIB), Hardin Library (HLHS), and other campus buildings at

Hours for the Main Library for the remainder of the fall semester and for the winter term are as follows:

Oct. 3–Dec. 17, 2020

  • Main Library Learning Commons is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Main Library Collections (second and third floors) are open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Exception: Main Library will be closed Nov 26–29, 2020

Dec. 18, 2020–Jan. 24, 2021

  • Main Library Learning Commons and Collections (second and third floors) are open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Exceptions: Main Library will be closed Dec. 24–27, 2020; Jan. 1–3, 2021; and Jan. 16–18, 2021