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1 year since first COVID-19 patient admitted to UI Hospitals and Clinics

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) -- One year ago, on March 10, 2020, the first patient diagnosed with COVID-19 arrived at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

According to an article posted on UI Health Care's The Loop, senior leaders were receiving moment-by-moment updates via radio on the patient as they were being admitted.

Chief Medical Officer Theresa Brennan says she recalls staff not being nervous and caring for the patient as they normally would.

Staff, patients, and visitors were cleared from hallways, to make sure there was no contact. The patient went to the Special Pathogens Unit, which is meant for treating infectious diseases.

In the year since, how hospitals operate have drastically changed due to the virus. UIHC officials have worked to establish and implement policies and safety practices to protect staff and patients.

Earlier this week, to mark the one-year anniversary of Iowa's first COVID-19 case, UIHC released a video titled "One Year of COVID-19 in Iowa."

One Year of COVID-19 in Iowa

One year of loss, love, and heroism. One year of COVID-19 in Iowa. Join us as we reflect on how far we’ve come, and look forward to a brighter future. 💛

Posted by University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics on Monday, March 8, 2021

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