2019 Novel Coronavirus

The health and safety of patients and staff is our highest priority for University of Iowa Health Care.

Iowans, we stand with you

In these times of facing the pandemic of COVID-19, there is a message that the state’s health care workers and I wish to share: We stand with you. We’re making sure we have every tool in our toolkit to fight this thing together.

Read the full message from our CEO Suresh Gunasekaran


What can you do?

Have Questions or Need Care?

For medical emergencies, dial 911.

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

If you are experiencing symptoms or would like to see a provider, schedule a video visit via MyChart or call 1-319-384-9010.

Make a Donation

We currently have an urgent need for protective face shields and other personal protective equipment (PPE).

How to Donate PPE

Consider giving to the Staff Emergency Fund.

Learn More

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.

You can always share a comment on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram pages.



Resources for patients and visitors

What to do if you believe you are sick with the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19):

If you are experiencing fever or new or worsening cough, and:

  • Have traveled to China, Italy, Iran, Japan, or South Korea in the last 14 days or,
  • Have had contact with an individual with laboratory confirmed 2019 Novel Coronavirus

Then, you should:

Contact your doctor’s office.

Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.

UI Health Care has video visits available.

Stay at home except to get medical care.

Avoid contact with others and wear a facemask when around others.

Cover your mouth and nose

Use a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.

Wash hands often

Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds to avoid spreading the virus to others. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Avoid sharing household items, such as:

  • Toothbrushes
  • Silverware
  • Cups, etc.

Follow all guidance provided by the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Latest News

  • Watch the replay of University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics Chief Medical Officer Theresa Brennan, MD, answering questions about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in a Facebook Live broadcast from March 26, 2020. Read More
  • University of Iowa Health Care leaders today issued an urgent request for Iowa businesses and individuals to donate new or used protective face shields to the hospital. The shields are used by hospital staff to keep employees safe and help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus COVID-19. Read More