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Johnson County hospitals confident in ventilator supply, leaders say

Johnson County hospitals confident in ventilator supply, leaders say

Rachel Schilke and Sarah Watson

April 7, 2020

Johnson County area hospital leaders are confident in their supplies of ventilators as they prepare for a potential surge in COVID-19 patients.  According to a projection by the University of Washington’s IHME update Tuesday, Iowa will need 127 invasive ventilators. About one in six COVID-19 patients require hospitalization...

UI collaborates with University of Georgia to develop MERS — a potential COVID-19 vaccine

UI collaborates with University of Georgia to develop MERS — a potential COVID-19 vaccine

Naomi Hofferber, Senior Reporter

April 7, 2020

The University of Iowa and University of Georgia have teamed up and developed a vaccine that protects mice against MERS, which is closely related to the virus that causes COVID-19, UI Health Care announced Tuesday. This, according to a news release, may be a promising step toward developing a vac...

Reynolds says Iowa hospitals equipped to handle surge of COVID-19 patients

Reynolds says Iowa hospitals equipped to handle surge of COVID-19 patients

Rylee Wilson, Politics Reporter

April 7, 2020

As total cases of COVID-19 in Iowa topped 1000, Gov. Kim Reynolds said the state has the resources needed to handle the increase in cases in the coming weeks. In a press conference Tuesday morning, Reynolds shared hospitalization and ventilator numbers for regions 5 and 6, which cover the eastern part of ...

Iowa City police respond to reports of shots fired Monday night

Iowa City police respond to reports of shots fired Monday night

Kayli Reese, Cops & Courts Editor

April 7, 2020

Iowa City police responded to multiple reports of shots fired by the 900 block of Cross Park Avenue at around 11:07 p.m. Monday night. According to a release from the City of Iowa City, officers on the scene found a bullet hole near the area but no shell castings. No one reported any injuries in re...

University of Iowa med student-run mobile clinic offers free tele-medicine amid COVID-19 pandemic

University of Iowa med student-run mobile clinic offers free tele-medicine amid COVID-19 pandemic

Will Fineman, News Reporter

April 6, 2020

The University of Iowa Mobile Clinic has transitioned from its traditional, in-person medical services to telemedicine appointments amid social-distancing restrictions to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. The student-run nonprofit offers free basic health care to primarily uninsured or un...

UIHC joins international clinical trial for drug to treat COVID-19

UIHC joins international clinical trial for drug to treat COVID-19

Kelsey Harrell, News Reporter

April 6, 2020

The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics announced Monday that it is participating in an international clinical trial for remdesivir, an antiviral drug, to evaluate its safety and effectiveness in treating the novel coronavirus.  The trial is for hospitalized patients aged 12 or older who meet the f...

‘Faith will not be canceled’: Places of worship work to digitize practices, maintain community amid COVID-19

‘Faith will not be canceled’: Places of worship work to digitize practices, maintain community amid COVID-19

Mary Hartel, News Reporter

April 6, 2020

Classic music and hymns greeted churchgoers signing on to the virtual Palm Sunday services at the First United Methodist Church of Iowa City. As more people logged on to the Facebook livestreamed worship, people began to comment messages normally said face-to-face — “Good morning, everyone” and ...

Reynolds orders further closure of businesses

Reynolds orders further closure of businesses

Caleb McCullough, Assistant Politics Editor

April 6, 2020

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced the closure of more businesses and public gathering places in an acceleration of Iowa’s response to the coronavirus, including malls, bowling alleys, pool halls, arcades, amusement parks, libraries, museums, zoos, skate parks, playgrounds, tobacco and vape stores, and ca...

UI undergrads elect Connor and Mara ticket, 27 at-large and constituency senators

UI undergrads elect Connor and Mara ticket, 27 at-large and constituency senators

Eleanor Hildebrandt, News Reporter

April 5, 2020

In the first exclusively virtual election of the University of Iowa’s Undergraduate Student Government, the uncontested executive ticket of undergraduate students Connor Wooff and Mara Smith won the USG presidency and vice presidency Sunday night. Amid the global novel coronavirus outbreak, the o...

University of Iowa organizations, community answer UIHC call for hospital equipment

University of Iowa organizations, community answer UIHC call for hospital equipment

Rachel Schilke, News Reporter

April 5, 2020

When University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics contacted UI Chief Innovation Officer Jon Darsee asking desperately for face shields to prevent employees from contracting the novel coronavirus, Darsee knew the UI’s engineering resources could step up to the plate. Among the six operations that ...

UI science students adapt to online classes, loss of in-person labs

UI science students adapt to online classes, loss of in-person labs

Rin Swann, News Reporter

April 5, 2020

Annie Wofford, a University of Iowa third-year student studying human physiology on the pre-med track, was concerned that she may miss out on the hands-on learning her lab classes on campus offered as the UI moved to virtual instruction. Wofford, who described herself as a more “atmospheric learn...

Local pharmacies struggle to attain personal protective equipment amid COVID-19 pandemic

Local pharmacies struggle to attain personal protective equipment amid COVID-19 pandemic

Rin Swann, News Reporter

April 5, 2020

At Greenwood Drug and Compounding center, a Waterloo-based pharmacy, a staff of 50 continues its work amid the novel-coronavirus pandemic without face masks — and no clear information on when they will have some. Robert Nichols, director of clinical services at Greenwood and a University of Io...