COVID-19 Resources

The health and safety of patients and staff is our highest priority. Here is what UI Health Care is doing to support Iowans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Worried you have COVID-19 or might have been exposed to someone who does?

The first step is to use our MyChart self-checker to determine if you need a COVID-19 test.

If you do not have a MyChart account or access to internet, call 1-319-384-9010.

Have symptoms? Schedule a COVID-19 test.

We have treatment options for you.

If you are experiencing symptoms and would like to schedule a COVID-19 test:

Schedule a COVID-19 test via MyChart.
Call 1-319-384-9010 if you are not a MyChart user.
Learn more about COVID-19 testing.

For medical emergencies, please dial 911.

Worried you were exposed?

If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, it is important to get the help and advice you need from medical experts.

COVID-19 symptoms may include:

Any of the following:

  • Fever of 100.0° F or greater
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell

Or at least two of these symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Unexplained muscle pain or body aches
  • Chills

Already tested positive for COVID-19?

You can be treated at UI Health Care even if we did not handle your test. If you are well enough to be treated by phone, we have a great home treatment option that you can utilize.

If you’ve recovered from COVID-19, it’s important to continue to watch your health closely. The short- and long-term effects it can have on your body are still not clear. Our Post COVID-19 Clinic can assist with complications you experience after COVID-19.

Have questions about the COVID-19 vaccines?

The Food and Drug Administration has approved multiple vaccines for emergency use authorization. This is an exciting step towards ending the pandemic.

What we're doing to keep you safe

COVID-19 testing for new inpatients at UI Hospitals & Clinics

Safety continues to be our number one priority, which is why we are expanding COVID-19 testing to include all patients admitted to our hospitals. This additional testing is another way we are protecting our patients, visitors, staff and the community from the spread of COVID.

COVID-19 health and safety for patients with other conditions

If you’re a UI Health Care patient or the caretaker of one of our patients, you may have questions about extra precautions to take during the COVID-19 pandemic. We recommend that you begin by checking these helpful resources provided by experts in patient care for various diseases and conditions.

We’re on the front lines, fighting for every Iowan

As Iowa’s only comprehensive academic medical center, we’re deploying the full force of our world-class clinical, scientific, and human resources as only we can, protecting Iowans while also contributing to the worldwide effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Coronavirus education and resources to help you stay safe

We have several online resources to choose from that can help educate you on the risks of COVID-19, as well as provide helpful instructional content to share with friends and families during this time of social distancing.

If you are well and have general questions about COVID-19, you can call 1-319-384-8819.

Prepare yourself and your family. Get informed about the coronavirus and what you can do to stay safe and healthy and help prevent the virus from spreading.

Use these resources, seminars, and other educational materials to manage your mental and physical health through this challenging time, and feel free to share them with family and friends.

Children may be scared, frustrated, or angry. Parents are worried about health and safety and about providing for the family. Understanding, compassion, and communication are so important for preparing everyone to live under these strange new conditions.

We’ve collected these resources to help you connect with kids and to give you ideas for managing your home through trying times.

How can you help during the Coronavirus pandemic?

It is natural to want to help Iowans during this trying time. The Coronavirus pandemic is effecting everyone in some way. Consider, if you are able, helping UI Health Care meet the challenge of caring for Iowans in one of these ways:

Donate

We’re accepting donations of supplies that will help us continue to provide uninterrupted care during the pandemic.

You can also consider giving financially to the Staff Emergency Fund or donating to the DeGowin Blood Center.

Say thank you

These are challenging and unprecedented times for health care workers. Even the smallest gestures make a big difference in the morale of the health care workforce.

Consider thanking providers on social media:

Social distance

The best way to help other Iowans and our community is by helping to stop the spread of the virus.

Be sure you’re staying up to date on and following national and local guidelines every day.

Latest News

  • In August 2020, over 250 bold Iowans traveled from across the state to University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Hailing from small towns in northwest Iowa, to cities as large as Des Moines, Dubuque, and Ottumwa, these Iowans were driven by an important purpose: they were participating in the Pfizer-BioNTech clinical trial that would lead to the first emergency authorization of a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Breakthrough infections, or when fully vaccinated people test positive for COVID-19, sound startling, even discouraging. But they don’t come as a shock to medical experts, since no vaccine is 100% effective against preventing infection.