As of Aug. 1, you will no longer need to self-report a positive COVID-19 test online, but should instead follow your department’s standard process for reporting an illness and taking sick leave. The University of Iowa continues to adjust its COVID-19 policies as access to vaccination and boosters, improved treatment options, and at-home testing increases. Johnson County Public Health suspended contact tracing earlier this year and the self-reported data no longer provides an accurate snapshot of cases on campus.
Return to standard sick leave policies
On July 1, the university returned to pre-pandemic leave policies in compliance with the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, lifting the COVID-19 State of Emergency in 2021. This decreased the need for a self-reporting tool, however the university continues to offer substantial time-off benefits.
Continue to follow CDC guidelines
If you test positive for COVID-19 it’s still important to follow the self-isolation instructions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Johnson County’s transmission rate is currently high. The CDC recommends wearing a mask indoors in public and taking additional precautions if you are at high risk of illness. Please stay home if you have symptoms or an exposure to the virus. Let’s all do our part to keep our Hawkeye community as healthy as possible.
Reporting an illness
If you have COVID-19 or any other illness, you should follow your department’s standard process for reporting an illness and taking sick leave.
*University of Iowa Health Care employees who test positive for COVID should continue to contact the University Employee Health Clinic (UEHC) at 319-356-3631.