Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Layers of safety can help prevent the spread of COVID-19

In this video, Patricia Winokur, infectious disease specialist and executive dean of the Carver College of Medicine, explains how layering multiple safety strategies – like wearing a mask, social distancing, washing your hands, and avoiding crowds — can protect us from COVID-19. The strongest protection comes from getting vaccinated. 

Reminder: Get vaccinated to keep our campus safe

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 first week of classes at the end of August.

To learn more about walk-in clinics, appointment opportunities, and frequently asked questions, see the vaccine information page on the UI COVID-19 website

University of Iowa self-reported COVID-19 testing

These data reflect new cases since July 28, 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: 0
  • 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.