Monday, May 10, 2021

Publishing note

With the number of COVID-19 cases in our community declining and vaccine availability dramatically increasing, the University of Iowa will transition from sending three COVID-19 updates a week to providing regular updates in your IowaNow emails. Beginning the week of May 31, the number of self-reported cases of COVID-19 will be published on the university’s coronavirus website each Wednesday and shared along with any additional updates or policy changes in your Thursday Iowa Now email.

We will continue to publish the news and updates shared with campus on

UI to host second Pfizer BioNTech vaccine clinic for students May 13–14

The University of Iowa will host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic later this week to provide students who received their first dose of the Pfizer BioNTech on April 21-22 with their second dose.

The vaccination clinic will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day on Thursday, May 13, and Friday, May 14, in the main lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU). Students who are receiving their second dose need to BRING THEIR STUDENT ID AND VACCINE CARD. Students should do their best to arrive at the IMU in the time frame indicated on their reminder email. If that is not possible, they should plan to arrive between 9 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.

Walk-ins also will be accommodated at this event. Students who wish to get their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, or those who received their first dose elsewhere 21 days ago, can receive their second dose (they must bring their student ID and vaccine card if we are completing their series). The vaccine provided will be the two-dose Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

If students want to get their first dose through this clinic and their second dose elsewhere, they should check with a provider in their home county and state to ensure availability.

It is also important for students to eat and hydrated well before they come to get their vaccine.

For more information, see the announcement on the Student Health website.

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 May 7, 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: 2
  • Total cases: 3,189


  • New cases: 1
  • Total cases: 497

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.