For up-to-the-minute information on the University of Iowa’s response to the Coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, please visit the Campus Coronavirus Updates website.

2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

IF YOU ARE SICK with a fever, cough or shortness of breath:  do NOT walk into Student Health, Quick Care, any clinic or emergency room in any hospital.  To protect others, you MUST call before coming!  CALL OUR NURSELINE at 319-335-9704. 

All students must have appointments in our clinic and will be screened for fever, cough, shortness of breath upon arrival. If you become ill before your appointment, please do not come, but call us instead.    Some routine appointments may be deferred or rescheduled, but telephone and virtual visits are available.  Hours for in-person visits have been reduced starting 3/25/20.   

University of Iowa updates related to COVID-19 preparedness on campus are available at Please refer to this page and other regional and national health agencies for the most accurate, up-to-date information. 

Students, please call or email us with your questions and concerns.  The Iowa Department of Public Health has also set up a public hotline for Iowans who have questions about COVID-19. This line is available 24/7, just dial 2-1-1.  

Follow the information on the UI coronavirus website for important updates. 

 Information for people who have recently traveled to China or another country with widespread COVID-19 transmission:

Follow the guidance you received from health officials at port of entry. In addition to the information you receive, the university is following guidance from the Iowa Department of Public Health and the CDC regarding self-isolation for those returning from COVID-19 affected areas as defined by the CDC.  

If you are returning from a country impacted by the outbreak, you should stay home for 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread COVID-19 and practice social distancing (this means staying primarily indoors, avoiding direct contact with others, and not resuming social activities until the self-isolation period ends). 

As you return home, please inform the University of your plans for self-isolation via this link.  For more information on how to self-isolate, see this guide from the CDC.  Students, faculty and staff who are asked to self-isolate should take this public health responsibility seriously.  

If you have questions regarding self-isolation, or if you begin to feel sick with a fever*, cough, or difficulty breathing, or if you have been in contact with someone with confirmed COVID-19, please follow the below guidelines: 

*a fever is a measured temperature of >=100.4 degrees F (38 degrees C). 


Always call first, or email the Student Health Nurseline (319-335-9704) ( or your local healthcare provider and inform them of your travel history and symptoms.  After hours or on weekends, call the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics  at 319-384-9010 or the 24-hour helpline, 319-384-8819, or your local healthcare provider.  Do not just walk into a clinic if you are ill.  You may also schedule a video visit through MyChart 

  In addition to monitoring your physical health, you may have concerns about your mental health.  The University has resources available to support and assist you. To speak with someone, please contact: 

General health reminders for everyone: 

The CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:  

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. 
  • Stay home when you are sick.  
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces by using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.   
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content. 
  • Follow the CDC's recommendations for using a facemask: 
    • The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. 
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. 
    • The use of face masks is crucial for health care workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).