Iowa News COVID-19 patient count in Iowa hospitals hits another 2021 record The Covid patient count in Iowa hospitals has reached 777, another record high for 2021. It’s a 7% increase since last Wednesday.  The hospital continues to prepare for more COVID-19 patients — including transfers from other hospitals —

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Iowa News State explains about-face on University of Iowa hospital in North Liberty In explaining its reversal of an earlier decision to deny University of Iowa Health Care permission to build in North Liberty, Iowa’s five-member State Health Facilities Council highlighted the role semantics played in its about-face. In submitting a request for a

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Iowa News 16,000 kids aged 5-11 receive first COVID-19 dose Thousands of COVID-19 shots have been given to children ages 5-11 in the first two weeks of eligibility, with demand for appointments among this age group locally remaining steady. Nationwide, about 2.6 million 5-to-11-year-olds have received the first dose of

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Iowa news VA health care, resources used during coronavirus response For the first time during the pandemic, a nonveteran infected with COVID-19 was hospitalized at the Veterans Affairs Health Care System in Iowa City as part of a federal policy to help other hospitals in times of crisis. (The Gazette)

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Iowa News Less than 24 hours after CDC approval, kids line up in Coralville for COVID-19 vaccine The University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics prepared for the vaccine event weeks in advance, ready to open appointments as soon as it got the green light. That happened Tuesday evening, when the Centers

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Iowa news Iowa COVID-19 cases rise slightly as pediatric vaccine rollout nears Iowa’s COVID-19 cases rose this week, with the average number of daily cases once again teetering around 1,000. On Wednesday, Iowa recorded an average of 999 new cases per day over the last seven days, according to the

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Iowa news Des Moines pharmacy staff shortages lead to long waits and closures Some Walgreens pharmacies around the Des Moines metro are reducing their hours or closing altogether on weekends. Customers in the city and nationwide are waiting longer to pick up their prescriptions and sometimes for more than a day.

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Iowa news University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics to break ground on new North Liberty facility University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics broke ground Thursday on its nearly $400 million North Liberty hospital. The facility, which received approval in September, will be located at the corner of Forevergreen Road and Highway

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Iowa news Public health experts, parents anticipate COVID-19 vaccines for kids five and up As Pfizer seeks FDA authorization for its vaccines to be available to children 5-11, some Iowa City parents are looking forward to their children being eligible. The number of new cases of COVID-19 among children rose

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Iowa News MercyOne partners with Phreesia to automate social needs screenings MercyOne has partnered with Phreesia Inc., a Raleigh, N.C.-based health care technology company, to provide electronic screening of every MercyOne patient to evaluate unmet social needs. The Des Moines-based health system began using the screening platform developed by Phreesia in September

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Iowa News Johnson named new president/CEO of Mid-Iowa Health Foundation Dr. Nalo Johnson has been named as the new president and CEO of Mid-Iowa Health Foundation, the organization announced today. Johnson will succeed Suzanne Mineck, who announced her resignation in June. Johnson most recently served as division director of health promotion and

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Iowa news Gov. Reynolds announces broadband grant recipients of $100M investment  Today, Governor Reynolds and the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) are proud to announce the recipients of the State of Iowa Broadband Grants Program.  Thirty-nine applicants have been awarded a total of $97,500,000 for broadband infrastructure as part of the latest Empower Rural

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