The University of Iowa will continue to monitor and publish positive COVID-19 tests self-reported by faculty, staff, and students and follow the COVID-19 mitigation efforts in place for the spring semester.
On Feb. 3, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the state’s Public Health Disaster Emergency Proclamation will expire Feb. 15, 2022, resulting in changes to COVID-19 data reporting at the state level. The university, however, still encourages members of our campus community to self-report positive cases of the virus to provide notification to your instructors or HR leaders and ensure you receive up-to-date information about isolation and quarantine, mental health or childcare resources.
The good news is cases are declining and hopefully the surge is behind us. The university will continue to publish self-reported cases every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on coronavirus.uiowa.edu.
In addition, the UI will continue to:
- Strongly encourage face masks in public indoor spaces and supply KN95 and Level-1 medical-grade masks in more than 200 health stations across campus.
- Provide easy access to free COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters.
- Provide free COVID-19 test kits at Student Health, the Welcome Center in the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU), Student Health, and the front desk of residence halls.
- Test wastewater in the residence halls to help monitor for an elevated presence of COVID-19 on campus.
- Provide residence hall rooms for students needing to isolate or quarantine.
- Adjust and upgrade HVAC ventilation and filtration where possible.
- Provide physical barriers, such as clear protective screens between students and instructors.
- Employ building attendants to ensure classrooms are stocked with cleaning and sanitizing supplies and that high-frequency touch points receive extra attention.
Thank you for your efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19 during the first few weeks of the spring semester.