Monday, March 1, 2021

University of Iowa College of Pharmacy assisting with COVID-19 clinical trial drugs

In this video featuring Dennis Erb, managing director of University of Iowa Pharmaceuticals, learn more about how the UI College of Pharmacy has helped produce clinical trial drugs used to treat COVID-19 throughout the pandemic.

Spring 2021 commencement update

The University of Iowa is currently working to develop an in-person option to celebrate graduation for our students and their families. The format will be designed to honor and celebrate the achievements of our graduates while practicing the university’s guidelines for social distancing and mandatory face coverings. We look forward to sharing additional details by March 19, 2021.

Vaccine update: State announces

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) recently announced the launch of, a new website that provides information about vaccine priority populations and eligibility, resources available for Iowans age 65 and older, and answers to frequently asked questions about the vaccine. The site also hosts a locator tool where users can enter their ZIP code to find vaccine providers near them. Once a provider is selected, appointment scheduling will be done through the provider’s website or scheduling platform. Information on the site will be updated regularly, and site content can be translated into multiple languages.

Vaccine supplies remain extremely limited. Please continue to be patient as more vaccine arrives in the weeks and months ahead. In the meantime, it is critical that we all continue to follow health and safety measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

  • Wear a mask or face covering
  • Practice social distancing with those outside your household
  • Clean your hands frequently with soap and water
  • Stay home if you feel sick
  • Get tested if you are exposed to or have symptoms of COVID-19
  • Get a COVID-19 vaccine when you are eligible

More information about the state of Iowa’s vaccine administration is available here. University of Iowa COVID-19 vaccine information, FAQs, and updates are available here.

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.

University of Iowa seven-day rolling average

University of Iowa self-reported COVID-19 testing

These data reflect new cases since Feb. 26, 2021.

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: 4
  • Total cases: 3,012


  • New cases: 0
  • Total cases: 443

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: 3**

*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.