We are ready to care for you during the COVID-19 pandemic in Iowa
In these times of facing the pandemic of COVID-19, there is a message that the state’s health care workers and I wish to share: We stand with you. We’re making sure we have every tool in our toolkit to fight this thing together.
UI Health Care resources for patients, families and visitors
To protect the health of our patients and their families, we are restricting visitors and screening everyone who enters the hospital for symptoms of COVID-19.
We’re on the front lines, fighting for every Iowan
As Iowa’s only comprehensive academic medical center, we’re deploying the full force of our world-class clinical, scientific, and human resources as only we can, protecting Iowans while also contributing to the worldwide effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.
COVID-19 health and safety information for our patients
If you’re a UI Health Care patient or the caretaker of one of our patients, you may have questions about extra precautions to take during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Because information about COVID-19 is changing so rapidly, we recommend that you begin by checking the helpful resources provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other experts in patient care for various diseases and conditions.
Worried you have COVID-19?
The first step is to talk to a provider from the comfort and safety of your own home using your smartphone or computer.
If you have flu symptoms or health concerns related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), you can schedule a Telehealth video visit with one of our providers.
Coronavirus symptoms may include:
- Fever in the last 24 hours
- New or worsening cough
- New or worsening sore throat
- New or worsening shortness of breath
If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and would like to see a provider:
For medical emergencies, dial 911
How can you help during the Coronavirus pandemic?
It is natural to want to help Iowans during this trying time. The Coronavirus pandemic is effecting everyone in some way. Consider, if you are able, helping UI Health Care meet the challenge of caring for Iowans in one of these ways:
We currently have an urgent need for protective face shields and other personal protective equipment (PPE).
You can also consider giving financially to the Staff Emergency Fund or donating to the DeGowin Blood Center.
Say thank you
These are challenging and unprecedented times for health care workers. Even the smallest gestures make a big difference in the morale of the health care workforce.
Consider thanking providers on social media:
The best way to help other Iowans and our community is by helping to stop the spread of the virus.
Be sure you’re staying up to date on and following national and local guidelines every day.
Coronavirus education, and resources to get through quarantine
If you are well and have general questions about COVID-19, you can call 1-319-384-8819.
We also have several online resources to choose from that can help educate you on the risks of COVID-19, as well as provide helpful instructional content to share with friends and families during this time of social distancing.
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics Chief Medical Officer Theresa Brennan, MD, answered questions about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus during a livestream on Thursday, April 16, 2020.
Topics included what we’ve learned about the virus, the research we’re doing to find treatments and a vaccine, and how we’re taking care of patients in the hospital and in their homes.
Children may be scared, frustrated, or angry. Parents are worried about health and safety and about providing for the family. Understanding, compassion, and communication are so important for preparing everyone to live under these strange new conditions.
We’ve collected these resources to help you connect with kids and to give you ideas for managing your home through trying times.
Watch the replay of University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics Chief Medical Officer Theresa Brennan, MD, answering questions about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in a Facebook Live broadcast from Thursday, April 16, 2020.
University of Iowa Health Care researchers have started a new clinical trial to determine if plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients can help treat patients currently hospitalized with the disease.
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