UICOMP COVID-19 – Update
February 26, 2021
Greetings UICOMP Family,
Today is “Thank a Resident Day”! On behalf of all of us at UICOMP, I want to express my most sincere gratitude to our residents who are valuable members of the healthcare team. While residents are notoriously known for their diligence and commitment to excellence, the past year they have truly been on the frontlines and have stepped up to provide not just service and coverage, but care and compassion. In addition to providing high quality care, our residents demonstrate a commitment to teaching our medical students. Certainly one day is not sufficient to thank them for all they do, but we do applaud and recognize our residents as our healthcare heroes on this day. Thank you!
Update on Campus Access
Effective March 1, the UICOMP campus building at 1 Illini Drive will be open and accessible 24/7. This is in response to student requests for greater access to campus space for studying. All occupants of the building are expected to follow the established procedure for entering the building using the UIC HealthCheck app.
Everyone using the building must adhere to University protocol for mask-wearing and social distancing, including following the capacity limits posted for all rooms. Protocol also includes no eating during meetings/sessions/classes. Eating is not allowed during UICOMP gatherings of employees or students
New Process for Group Events
With the increased presence of UICOMP students, faculty and staff on campus and the potential for group gatherings, we have established a new process room reservation/event approval for gatherings. We must still be mindful that we are in the midst of a pandemic, and there is continued need for caution.
Requests for group events/room reservation should be made through the following link: https://peoria.medicine.uic.edu/facilities/room-reservations/.
A detailed list of room options and features of the room, can be found here: go.uic.edu/uicomp-covid-19-room-use.
Requests will be reviewed by the Return-To-Campus Ad Hoc committee which meets weekly on Tuesdays to ensure that we are adhering to the rapidly changing IDPH and UIC policies. Requesters requiring a more rapid turn-around should contact Jaymi Belcher in Student Affairs (students) or the Dean’s Office (faculty, staff, residents) after they have completed the form.
Reminder: Saliva Testing
Saliva Testing is available free to UICOMP learners as well as paid faculty and staff. Testing appointments are available on Thursday afternoons, from 3:30 – 6 pm, and on Friday mornings (7:30 – 11:30 am) at Positive Health Solutions clinical site. Advance sign-up for a testing appointment is required by 3 pm on Thursday in order to test later that day (Thursday) or the following day (Friday).
Students are strongly encouraged to get tested every 14 days, especially if they:
- Have not been vaccinated
- Come to the UICOMP building at 1 Illini Drive regularly, for such reasons as:
- Attending class
- Use the building for personal or group study
- Participate in research conducted in the building
Complete information as well as directions to the testing site are available here.
Governor Visits Peoria, Praises Vaccine Distribution
This week Governor Pritzker visited Peoria and recognized Peoria County as a leader in the State’s COVID-19 vaccination effort. In citing the county's statistic for number of doses administered per 100,000 residents, the Governor said, “If Peoria County were a state, it would be number two in the nation.” Reports from Wednesday’s press conference indicated that more than 80 percent of the 65-plus population and 55 percent of the eligible population under age 65 have received a first dose of the vaccine.
Vaccine Administration – State and Local Update
This week the State of Illinois expanded vaccine eligibility to Phase 1B+, which includes people with serious medical conditions. However, local health departments are not expanding to Phase 1B+ until the vaccine supply increases so they are able to meet demand. Locally, vaccine administration continues to focus on Phase 1B (frontline essential workers and residents age 65 and over.)
Supply shortages are limiting the ability to speed up vaccinations. Public health officials re-assess weekly based on supply projections in evaluating whether or not to expand the vaccine offering.
Links to vaccination locations for the State of Illinois and information on scheduling appointments may be found here.
Last Call to View the Film: Black Men in White Coats
If you have not taken the opportunity to view the film documentary, Black Men in White Coats (Link to movie trailer and info), you still may do so. Now through February 28, you may take watch it courtesy of Unity Point Health - Central Illinois. Register here.
Staff Town Hall
Monday, March 1
12 Noon Via Zoom
Invitations were emailed.
Faculty Town Hall
Reaching Out to Those in Need: Healthcare Disparities During COVID-19
Thursday, March 4
12 Noon Via Zoom
Dr. Douglas Kasper will provide an update on COVID-19 vaccination. Then, Dr. Mary Stapel, Dr. Gregg Stoner, Bishop Tim Criss, and Chris Schaffer will talk about providing care and resources to the underserved during a global pandemic. We’ll hear firsthand about lessons learned, needs identified and the response of organizations and a community.
The Zoom link information is included on the Calendar Invitation sent via Outlook.
Vaccine Administration Numbers*– 2/26/21
State of Illinois: 2,543,620 vaccines
Long-term Care Facilities: 307,382
7-Day Rolling Average of Daily Vaccine Administration: 68,988 doses
Source: Illinois Dept. of Public Health
Sources for Current Coronavirus Numbers
United States – https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html
Illinois -- https://www.dph.illinois.gov/covid19
Tri-County Area – https://www.pcchd.org/289/COVID-19-Coronavirus
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
– Harriet Tubman
As another month draws to a close, we will turn our calendars to March next week and inch closer toward spring. On behalf of UICOMP and our healthcare affiliates, please join us in thanking our residents and fellows and expressing our appreciation for the hard work, time, dedication and compassion as they teach, learn and provide care in our community.
Stay safe and be healthy.