Test Iowa reached a milestone today: 100,000 tests have been conducted, all by the State Hygienic Lab (SHL) at the University of Iowa, since the program began on April 25.
Gov. Kim Reynolds issued a statement to announce the test numbers.
The University of Iowa Office of the Vice President for Research has launched a new Website to help guide researchers, scholars, and creative artists as they begin to return to campus during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The following message from University of Iowa Vice President for Research Marty Scholtz was sent to the campus research community on May 18, 2020. To receive important announcements about research activities during the COVID-19 outbreak click here to subscribe to a special edition of the OVPR newsletter.
IMPORTANT: The following message from Vice President for Research Marty Scholtz applies only to research study visits occurring in UI Hospitals & Clinics and other clinical settings during scheduled patient visits. Guidance for other human subjects and broader research on campus is forthcoming. We're working closely with the campus Critical Incident Management Team, collegiate leaders, and the Board of Regents to ensure our research ramp-up is methodical, strategic, and safe.
Given its dramatic impact on daily life at the University of Iowa, the global spread of COVID-19 makes it tempting to feel pessimistic.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted testing not just for COVID-19 but for other tests that use the same materials.
Because there is a national shortage of certain supplies, University of Iowa Health Care is seeking assistance identifying resources that might be re-purposed for clinical testing.
Temporary policy on human subjects research-related visits during COVID-19 outbreak effective March 16
In the context of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 outbreak, the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Human Subjects Office are providing guidance related to human subjects-related research visits. This policy is being implemented to protect research participants, researchers, and the larger UI community from risk of infection from COVID-19 as well as to ensure ongoing access to research which may provide essential support and care to participants.
UPDATE (March 12, 2020): A page with FAQs about COVID-19 preparations for researchers is available here.
The University of Iowa is closely monitoring the coronavirus and associated COVID-19 disease, and plans are in place to anticipate, minimize, and adequately manage its potential impact on campus life and operations. Regular updates about these efforts are available on this site.