Campus update: Public health students assist in pandemic response; additional paid time off; campus operations; self-reported testing data

Monday, November 30, 2020

UI public health students assist in pandemic response through contact tracing

In this video, learn more about UI College of Public Health students who are getting real-world experience in a local public health department while they help their community with crucial public health work to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Reminder: Additional paid time off

In recognition of your hard work throughout this pandemic, Gov. Kim Reynolds has granted two additional paid days off for state employees, including employees of Iowa’s public universities. To ensure we can continue to fulfill our mission of education, research, and health care, the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, has granted us flexibility in implementing the time off. You received an email with a message from Human Resources with the details on Nov. 20.

Campus operations

Though classes have moved online following Thanksgiving recess, campus buildings will remain open and accessible for the rest of the semester. Hours may vary, so please consult individual building and unit websites before visiting.

Seven-day rolling average chart for self-reported UI data

University of Iowa self-reported COVID-19 testing

These data reflect new cases since Nov. 27, 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

Students

  • New cases: 13
  • Semester-to-date: 2,682

Employees

  • New cases: 6
  • Semester-to-date: 283

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: 1*

Number of residence hall students in self-isolation: 2**

*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.