Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Keep our campus safe by getting vaccinated

We are excited to return to an on-campus, in-person experience this fall. If you get vaccinated for COVID-19 now, you can get both doses by the start of classes on Aug. 23.


Schedule your free vaccination with Student Health at 319-335-8394 or find a vaccine near you at


Schedule your free vaccination with the University Employee Health Clinic by emailing or calling 319-356-3631, Option 3.

New CDC recommendation does not change Iowa face mask policy

To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending vaccinated individuals wear a mask indoors in public if they are in an area of substantial or high transmission. Johnson County is not currently experiencing substantial or high transmission; however, you should feel comfortable wearing a mask if you choose. 

If you are not fully vaccinated, you are strongly encouraged to continue wearing a mask and physically distancing on campus.

Please be respectful of one another; do not harass a student, visitor, or fellow employee for choosing to wear, or not wear, a mask.

Guidelines implemented by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa prohibit the public universities from requiring masks or vaccination on campus.

Masks continue to be required in health care settings and where required by state or federal guidelines (e.g., passengers on CAMBUS).

NOTE: For full personal protective equipment requirements for UI Health Care staff, see The Loop. For guidance related to the research enterprise, see the Office of the Vice President for Research website.

Monitoring public health 

As we prepare to welcome back students, the university continues to monitor campus COVID-19 metrics including new cases, available staffing for critical functions, and the capacity level at UI Health Care. Campus leadership will use these metrics to determine if they need to alter policies, procedures, or scheduling. 

The UI will continue to rely on guidance from the Board of Regents, State of Iowa; the Iowa and Johnson County departments of public health (IDPH, JCPH); the Big Ten Conference; and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the wearing of masks, social distancing, and other best practices.

University of Iowa self-reported COVID-19 testing

These data reflect new cases since July 21, 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: 0
  • Total cases: 3,193


  • New cases: 1
  • Total cases: 507

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.