Monday, December 21, 2020

A COVID-19 toolkit for the holiday season

In this video, infection preventionist Oluchi Abosi explains how you can reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 (and other viruses, like the flu) during the holidays. As you plan your celebrations, remember to keep in mind the number of people present, the space you’re in, and make sure to wear a mask in all activities when not with members of your household.

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics has prepared several resources to help you navigate this process, including:

For additional resources to help support your health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, see the UI Health Care COVID-19 toolkit.

Publishing note

The University of Iowa will not publish a COVID-19 Campus Update on the following university holidays:

  • Dec. 25, 2020
  • Jan. 1, 2021

Thank you for doing your part to slow the spread of COVID-19 on campus and in our community this semester. We’ve seen you wearing your masks and watching your distance, and we’re grateful for the sacrifices you’ve made to keep our community healthy. We wish you continued health, safety, and well-being as we enter the new year and hope you’re able to make some time for rest and restorative activities during the holidays.

Campus operations

The university continues to monitor self-reported COVID-19 testing data on campus, while also tracking state, region, and national COVID-19 infection rates. The university will continue to follow the latest guidance from the CDC in coordination with Johnson County Public Health, the Iowa Department of Public Health, and the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.

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

University of Iowa self-reported COVID-19 testing

These data reflect new cases since Dec. 18, 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: 13
  • Semester-to-date: 2,812


  • New cases: 3
  • Semester-to-date: 330

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: 0*

Number of residence hall students in self-isolation: 0**

*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.