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Local business leaders urge people to wear face masks as Johnson County sees a record-setting increase in COVID-19 cases

“Rest assured, we’re at a very, very critical moment — a pivotal point, if you will — where we’re seeing a very large spike in cases in Johnson County,” University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics CEO Suresh Gunasekaran said on Thursday. “Every single day for the last week, we’ve seen this increase.” Gunasekaran was speaking […]

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From Tyson plant outbreaks to ‘economic recovery’ plans, Reynolds and her COVID-19 team are collaborating with industry higher-ups, not workers

Iowa set another one-day record for the number of reported COVID-19 cases on Friday, as outbreaks at meat processing plants helped drive the total number of new cases to 191. On Thursday, Gov. Reynolds said the state was sending an additional 1,500 additional test kits to Louisa County, where the Tyson pork processing plant in […]

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UIHC begins clinical trial of plasma transfusions to treat COVID-19

University of Iowa Health Care announced on Wednesday that a team of researchers has “started a new clinical trial to determine if plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients can help treat patients currently hospitalized with the disease.” “Convalescent plasma has previously been used to mitigate or prevent infection in other viral diseases,” Dr. Brooks Jackson, University […]

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UIHC announces a ban on almost all patient visits

COVID-19 has already caused University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics to restrict the number of visitors its patients can have, and that restriction will turn into an almost total ban on visitors at all UIHC locations starting on Wednesday. “Beginning tomorrow, our adult in-patient visits will be temporarily suspended,” UIHC Chief Medical Officer Dr. Theresa […]

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Face-shield makers across the state are utilizing 3D printers, old classroom supplies

Don’t call it a comeback: The overhead projector — a post-chalkboard and pre-SMART Board classroom technology, and staple of “you know you’re old when …” articles — is relevant once again as Iowans craft creative solutions to hospitals’ supply needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. N95 masks, the most effective personal protective equipment (PPE) against the […]

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Gov. Reynolds suspends foreclosures, says state is being ‘proactive’ in supplying medical needs, as UIHC asks the public for donations of protective gear

Gov. Reynolds suspended all foreclosures on residential, commercial and agricultural properties on Sunday. The suspension, which lasts through April 16, was included in a new State Public Health Emergency Declaration. The new declaration also closes businesses not covered in the emergency declarations the governor issued on March 17 and 19. “Effective at 10 p.m. today, […]

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Bread Garden Market is taking over the UIHC coffee kiosks

Bread Garden Market and Bakery will be taking over the coffee kiosks at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, it was announced on Tuesday. “We’re excited for the opportunity and extremely pleased that the hospital choose us,” Christian Prochaska, Bread Garden executive chef, told Little Village. “We’re going to bring our coffee and coffee drinks, similar to what we do downtown at the market, and pastries—croissants, cookies, Danishes, muffins, donuts.” […]

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