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UI psychiatric professionals address mental health concerns around COVID-19

The University Counseling Service is seen on April 16, 2019.

Mary Hartel, News Reporter

July 9, 2020

Though the long-term effects of COVID-19 on mental health remain unknown and are evolving, psychiatric professionals are observing and anticipating exacerbated symptoms of mood disorders and other mental-health concerns as the virus and efforts to mitigate it continue. Mark Niciu, an assistant profe...

Iowa City animal shelters and groomers see increased business

Groomer Brandi Reynolds works on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at Hawk-Dog Grooming in Iowa City.

Cole Krutzfield, News Reporter

July 9, 2020

Increased mitigation measures and social-distancing restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has created extra time for people to do things they may not have otherwise — in this case, adopt a pet. Chris Whitmore, animal services coordinator at the Iowa City Animal Shelter, noted an in...

Johnson County Public Health and hospitals respond to recent spike in COVID-19 cases

Mercy Hospital is seen in Iowa City, IA on September 25, 2017. Mercy is one of the two major hospitals in Iowa City.

Sebastian Lechuga, News Reporter

July 8, 2020

Despite a sharp increase in positive coronavirus cases in Johnson County in the month of June, Iowa City hospitals say they are not experiencing challenges dealing with an increase in COVID-19 patients. Daily case counts have consistently increased in Johnson County since June 15. Many restaurants and retail s...

Students expected to sign agreement to comply with COVID-19 guidelines in fall semester

Candidate for the role of Vice President of Student Life Sarah Hansen speaks during a forum at the IMU on Feb. 4, 2020. Hansen graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and a Masters in Arts in Sociology.

Rachel Schilke, News Reporter

July 8, 2020

Students will be required to sign an agreement that ensures compliance with social distancing and COVID-19 guidelines upon their entry or return to the University of Iowa campus in the fall. UI Vice President for Student Life Sarah Hansen and Associate Vice President and Dean of Students Angie...

UI international students may need to leave U.S. after Thanksgiving per new ICE order

Over 100 flags are on display on the Iowa Memorial Union Pedestrian Bridge to recognize the international students on campus.

Josie Fischels and Caleb McCullough

July 8, 2020

International students studying at the University of Iowa may need to leave the United States by Thanksgiving break or earlier after the Student and Exchange Visitor Program’s Monday announcement that new modifications to temporary exemptions for nonimmigrant students taking online classes would take effect. The exemptions issued by the program, which is part of the U.S. Immi...

Gov. Kim Reynolds considering new mitigation policies as COVID-19 cases rise

Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks during the Condition of the State address at the Iowa State Capitol on Jan. 14.

Caleb McCullough, Summer Editor

July 7, 2020

Gov. Kim Reynolds said she will consider implementing new mitigation strategies to curb the spread of the coronavirus as the seven-day average of new cases continues to climb in Iowa. Reynolds said that all options are on the table when it comes to further policies to mitigate the virus. She s...

Rummage in the Ramp aims to reduce landfill waste virtually

Shoppers sort through used kitchenware, clothing, and furniture during Rummage in the Ramp in the Chauncey Swan parking ramp on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. Rummage in the Ramp is put on annually by the city in order to reduce the mass of belongings abandoned on curbs and to raise money for a variety of nonprofit organizations. (Nick Rohlman/The Daily Iowan)

Natalie Dunlap, News Reporter

July 6, 2020

Iowa City’s Rummage in the Ramp in-person event was canceled this summer, along with most other annual traditions in the city, due to concern about community spread of the coronavirus. The city-sponsored event began in 2007 with the goal of reducing reusable items going into the landfill over ...

Iowa Athletics Department reports four additional positive COVID-19 tests

Kinnick Stadium is seen fom the north end zone at Iowa Football Media Day on Friday, August 9, 2019.

Robert Read, Sports Editor

July 6, 2020

The Iowa Athletics Department announced Monday that it conducted five COVID-19 tests for the week of June 29-July 5 and received four positive tests and one negative test. As part of the return to campus protocol, testing began May 29 and includes student-athletes, coaches, and staff. A total of 21 pos...

Recreational Services to begin phased reopening of facilities

The Campus Recreation and Wellness Center is shown on Sunday, March 22, 2015. The CRWC will be closed from Monday to Sunday due to the men's NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. (The Daily Iowan; John Theulen)

Josie Fischels, Summer Editor

July 6, 2020

Recreational Services at the University of Iowa will begin a phased reopening of facilities this month, starting with Hawkeye Recreation Fields, Macbride Nature Recreation Area, outdoor basketball courts, and rugby and cricket fields on July 13. In a campus-wide email sent to the UI community, R...

Grassley says closing bars, mandating masks unnecessary in Iowa

U.S Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, speaks with the Daily Iowan staff after a visit to Mercy Hospital on July 2, 2019.

Caleb McCullough, Summer Editor

July 6, 2020

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said he doesn’t think Gov. Kim Reynolds needs to close bars or mandate masks to limit coronavirus spread, though he praised the governors of other states taking similar measures. Grassley said that from what he’s seen, the coronavirus situation isn’t as bad in...

University of Iowa prepares for students to return to on-campus living by adapting residence, dining halls

Currier Residence Hall is seen on Friday, May 1, 2020.

Natalie Dunlap, News Reporter

July 2, 2020

As the start of the fall semester nears, students prepare to begin on or return to a University of Iowa campus that differs from previous years, with policies and procedures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. The information that UI administrators are providing is fairly consistent with ...

Johnson County residents urge Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds to require face coverings

Photo Illustration by Jenna Galligan

Lillian Poulsen, News Reporter

July 2, 2020

Amid a recent spike in coronavirus cases in Johnson County, community members and local officials are calling upon Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds to require people to wear face coverings in public. The number of cases in Johnson County has reached new highs, especially among college-aged people. As of Thursda...