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Johnson County Board of Supervisor Chairperson Royceann Porter listens to Pat Heiden during a Johnson County Board of Supervisors meeting in Iowa City on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2022.

Johnson County to defer disciplinary action for unvaccinated county employees

Cooper Worth, News Reporter January 19, 2022

Johnson County will stop disciplining employees who do not comply with the county’s vaccination, testing, and face covering policy, including suspending testing requirements for unvaccinated staff. During...

Graduate student Junhee Park types on a computer during the first day of spring semester classes in the Main Library on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2022. With classes starting up again, some University of Iowa members have concerns with the COVID-19 omicron variant and how the university is handling it. Park spoke about masks on campus and in classrooms. “We need to have a policy wearing masks,” Park said. “At least in the class or library- like a public area.”

UI faculty, students request increased COVID-19 mitigation strategies

Eleanor Hildebrandt and Sabine Martin January 18, 2022

Some members of the University of Iowa community have raised concerns about the COVID-19 omicron variant and what the university is doing to prevent illness for students, staff, and faculty as the...

Signs encouraging students to wear masks in classrooms are seen on the doors of the English-Philosophy Building at the University of Iowa on Monday, Aug. 23, 2021.

UI Student Wellness requires students, staff to wear masks for all appointments

Kate Perez, News Reporter January 18, 2022

The University of Iowa’s Student Wellness is now requiring medical-grade masks to be worn at all appointments.  The updated requirement applies to both students and staff, and went into effect...

Photo illustration by Jerod Ringwald.

Some Big Ten universities move online, UI remains in person

Kate Perez, News Reporter January 17, 2022

A rise in COVID-19 cases has left Big Ten institutions to choose how to mitigate the virus as students return to class.  At the University of Iowa, classes will take place in person as scheduled....

A UI health station is shown with medical-grade masks and KN95 masks. (via

UI to stock health stations with KN95 masks

Caleb McCullough, Executive Editor January 13, 2022

As more than 30,000 students are set to begin largely in-person classes at the University of Iowa, the university will begin providing KN95 respirators at building entrance health stations across campus. The...

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is drawn up on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020.

Status of vaccine mandates for UI employees remains on hold

Kate Perez, News Reporter December 14, 2021

The status of COVID-19 vaccination requirements continues to change for different businesses, and it is no different for University of Iowa employees. Up until last week, the University of Iowa’s...

Patients are injected with the COVID-19 vaccine at the VA Medical Center in Iowa City on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. The center received the Modern vaccine for its employees.

UI Hospitals and Clinics mark one year of COVID-19 vaccines

Lillian Poulsen, News Reporter December 13, 2021

One year ago, 178 University of Iowa Health Care employees were the first in Iowa and among the first in the nation to receive COVID-19 vaccines. Close to 2 million Iowans have been vaccinated since...

State Hygienic Lab confirms first case of omicron variant in Iowa

State Hygienic Lab confirms first case of omicron variant in Iowa

Sabine Martin, News Editor December 9, 2021

The University of Iowa State Hygienic Lab confirmed the first case of the COVID-19 omicron variant in an Iowa resident under the age of 18 in Black Hawk County. The Iowa Department of Public Health...

University of Iowa grad student and teaching assistant Hannah Zadeh poses for a portrait in a classroom at Schaeffer Hall on Monday, Dec. 6, 2021. (Gabby Drees/The Daily Iowan)

University of Iowa COVID-19 protocols leave students, professors, struggling for solutions

Eleanor Hildebrandt, News Editor December 7, 2021

When Thom Blair had COVID-19 in September, attending class and doing homework was the last thing on his mind. After days of experiencing flu-like symptoms, Blair, who has Type 2 diabetes, tested...

Syringes for the COVID-19 vaccine lay on a counter at the VA Medical Center in Iowa City on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020. The center received the Moderna vaccine for its employees.

Federal vaccine mandate on hold as UI awaits result of lawsuits

Kate Perez, News Reporter December 7, 2021

The University of Iowa’s requirement that employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Jan. 4 will be on hold as federal lawsuits regarding the order are ruled on, Faculty Senate President Teresa...

University of Iowa graduate student Hadley Galbraith poses for a portrait at the Scott Boulevard UI Urgent Care on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021. Galbraith plans to get the COVID-19 booster shot later this year.

University of Iowa denies COGS request to revamp COVID-19 safety measures

Anthony Neri, News Reporter December 5, 2021

University of Iowa administrators denied a request to implement three new COVID-19 safety procedures proposed by the Campaign to Organize Graduate Students. COGS sent a letter on Nov. 18 to the administration,...

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors hosts a meeting at the Johnson County Administration Building on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. At the meeting, Sam Jarvis discussed the COVID-19 booster shots. “We still want to prioritize those who are unvaccinated.”

Johnson County Public Health asks county to continue taking health precautions amid news of new COVID-19 variant

Marandah Mangra-Dutcher, News Reporter December 1, 2021

Johnson County Public Health is urging county residents to stay vigilant after the detection of the omicron COVID-19 variant, which was first detected in the U.S. Wednesday. The World Health Organization...

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