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UICOMP COVID-19 – Update

January 8, 2021

Dear UICOMP Family,

Happy New Year! I am filled with hope for new beginnings and a fresh start in 2021. The rollout of vaccinations continues, and we’ve implemented saliva testing for our students this week as a pilot. These are milestones that mark progress through this global pandemic and certainly provide reason for hope moving forward.

Saliva Testing

Today, the saliva testing of students began as a pilot. Initially, we are offering up to 100 saliva tests weekly (on Fridays) with testing occurring at Positive Health Solutions. The next saliva testing available to students will be Friday, January 15, 7:30 – 11:30 am. We are working on expanding this option to include faculty and staff and will keep you informed.

Vaccine Update

Vaccination of frontline healthcare workers continues locally, and almost all frontline workers have received the vaccine. Our medical students were provided access to vaccination this week, and we continue to work with our healthcare systems while following CDC prioritization to vaccinate faculty, staff and learners.

Town Halls

Faculty Town Hall
January 7 Faculty Town Hall – Link to Recording
COVID-19 Mutations and Vaccine Distribution featuring UICOMP's Dr. Douglas Kasper and Monica Hendrickson with the Peoria City/County Health Dept.

Distinguished Scholar Series: Conversation with Director of the CDC
A conversation with Robert Redfield, MD, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Thursday, January 14
12 noon – 1 pm
Via Zoom
More info and the link to RSVP can be found here.
The Distinguished Scholar Series is offered by the UIC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs.

Return-to-Work Guidelines Updated January 4

This week University Health Services provided an updated version of its Return-to-Work Guidelines. This is a detailed document that outlines provides clear direction to employees regarding symptoms, exposure and travel in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the expectations and requirements of employees. Please take a moment to review the document.

Wellbeing and Self-Care

Many stresses and demands are confronting all of us. Please be mindful of your own self-care and emotional wellbeing. UICOMP offers outstanding resources. Please take advantage of them.

UICOMP Center for Wellbeing -- Our own Center for Wellbeing offers a variety of helpful links, resources, and information on their services that can be helpful to everyone.

The Center also offer resources and services specifically for our students, ranging from counseling to online articles and resource links. More information on student resources can be found here.

Today’s UICOMP Bright Spot

Pediatric Resource Center employees were able to adopt a family for Christmas and delivered lots of presents and food. The family was extremely appreciative during this stressful time. Holidays are a time for giving and understanding!
– Carrie Watt, DNP, RN, CPN – Pediatric Resource Center

Share your positive messages, stories of hope, or acts of kindness and generosity! We want to hear the good that is happening. Please share your “UICOMP Bright Spot” here.

Current Coronavirus Numbers

United States*: 21,717,216 total cases (367,143 deaths)
Illinois**: 1,017,322 confirmed cases (17,395 deaths)
Tri-County Area**: 28,396 confirmed cases (448 deaths)

* Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center data from 1/8/21
**Illinois Dept. of Public Health Data from 1/8/21
**Tri-County Area includes Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford counties in Illinois from 1/8/21

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”
– Edith Wharton

I am eager and optimistic for the year ahead and working together. Let’s make 2021 the best year yet. Here’s to new beginnings! Be healthy and stay safe.

 
 

Sincerely,
Meenakshy Aiyer, MD, MACP
Interim Regional Dean

 

Office of the Dean
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Peoria, IL 61605
Phone (309) 671-8402
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https://peoria.medicine.uic.edu/