UI reports dozens of new COVID-19 cases as students leave Iowa City until next year


The University of Iowa is reporting dozens of new COVID-19 cases just as most students are leaving Iowa City until the spring semester.

According to Friday’s update from the UI, 50 new COVID-19 cases have been reported among UI students and 15 among UI employees between Wednesday and Friday. That’s a total of 2,599 student cases and 243 employee cases since the fall semester began.

Two residence hall occupants are currently under quarantine and 17 are in self-isolation. Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others, while self-isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus from people who are not infected.

Last spring university officials announced that because of the pandemic, all classes would move to online-only following Thanksgiving break.

Pandemic updates from the university can be found at coronavirus.uiowa.edu.