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State Auditor challenges Test Iowa reporting process

Then-Democratic candidate for State Auditor Rob Sand speaks during the Progress Iowa Corn Feed in Bondurant Iowa on Sept. 16, 2018.

Caleb McCullough, Summer Editor

July 14, 2020

Iowa State Auditor Rob Sand released a report Tuesday that found Test Iowa results are being reported through a chain that includes two private companies before arriving to the Iowa Department of Public Health. Sand said the process violates Iowa Code, which requires that labs dealing with rep...

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 13, 2020

The Iowa Athletics Department announced Monday that it conducted 30 COVID-19 tests for the week of July 6-12 and received four positive tests and 26 negative tests. As part of Iowa's return to campus protocol, testing began May 29 and includes student-athletes, coaches, and staff. A total of 25...

Experts point to large indoor social gatherings as cause for recent uptick in COVID-19 cases

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics are seen on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. (Tate Hildyard/The Daily Iowan)

Lillian Poulsen, News Reporter

July 12, 2020

Public health experts say that a lack of appropriate face-covering and lack of social distancing are to blame for the recent spike in positive coronavirus cases in Johnson County. They urge residents to continue washing their hands, wearing face coverings when in public, and staying home as much ...

University of Iowa fall plans spark concern for UI faculty and graduate students

The Old Capitol is seen on Thursday, March 12, 2020. (Jenna Galligan/The Daily Iowan)

Natalie Dunlap, News Reporter

July 12, 2020

While the University of Iowa plans to return to in-person instruction for the fall semester, some faculty and staff have expressed concerns that the social distancing guidelines created by the UI will not be enough to keep instructors and students safe. Thirty-seven University of Iowa faculty membe...

Public-health officials examine effects of alcohol consumption on spread of COVID-19

Beer flows as patrons enjoy on a sunny afternoon. As seen on Sunday, July 13, 2020. (Jeff Sigmund/The Daily Iowan)

Mary Hartel, News Reporter

July 12, 2020

Local public health experts are examining the role that alcohol consumption may play in contracting and transmitting the coronavirus as the volume of positive cases continues to climb in Johnson County and around Iowa. Paul Gilbert, assistant professor in the University of Iowa College of Publi...

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 ...