SHL in the news
'If you have it in your kitchen, throw it away': Iowa officials warn against using Ozark Country Sorghum
Q&A with Iowa lab’s safety officer, Drew Fayram: How the CDC/APHL biosafety and biosecurity program created a culture of safety
September Public Health Webinars
September 3, 2021 --- The State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa and the Association of Public Health Laboratories are co-sponsoring two webinars in September.
Monitoring Air Quality for Iowans
August 23, 2021 --- You’ve probably heard about the outdoor air quality alerts in Iowa over the last few weeks, but do you know how the data that drives the alerts is collected? Read more.
Hundreds of Volunteers Remove River Trash During Low Water Conditions in Raccoon Rivers
August 20, 2021 --- NORTH, MIDDLE AND SOUTH RACCOON RIVERS – 16 tons: What do you get?
Request for Iowa Laboratories to Submit All PCR Positive SARS-CoV-2 Samples for Sequencing
June 21, 2021 --- IDPH and SHL planning to sequence all submitted positive SARS-CoV-2 samples
Middle and South Raccoon Rivers to Host River Cleanup
March 15, 2021 --- Volunteer registration is currently available for the 18th Iowa Project AWARE river cleanup expedition.
New Design for OpenELIS Web Portal on March 2nd
February 25, 2021 --- Beginning March 2nd the OpenELIS Web Portal will have a new and more responsive design while still maintaining all of its current functionality. It will now be easier to use on tablets, laptops, and cell phones. The web portal will be temporarily unavailable beginning 11 PM March 1st – 1 AM March 2nd for this deployment.
Gazette gives State Hygienic Lab its Driver business award
November 18, 2020 --- The staff of the State Hygienic Lab have demonstrated incredible innovation and dedication since the lab became ground zero for most of Iowa’s COVID-19 testing. Read more.
Updated Test Request Form: Required Laboratory Data Reporting
October 20, 2020 --- As part of the national response to COVID-19, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is requiring that labs report 12 more pieces of data. Nine of these items are new, previously not asked, questions. HHS is collecting this information for both diagnostic and serologic testing. The State Hygienic Laboratory test request form (TRF) will collect this information, starting Tuesday, October 27, 2020.
Hygienic Lab ambassador plays critical role in serving Iowa during COVID-19
October 19, 2020 --- If the State Hygienic Laboratory's Coralville operation is headquarters in Iowa's war on COVID-19, Connie Henderson is the lab's forward scout and envoy to clinics across the state. Read more.
UI employees step up to help State Hygienic Lab with COVID-19 testing
September 30, 2020 --- Three of those unsung heroes include Mallory Stroik, Lisa Hancox, and Sterling Ortega, all of whom have helped with analyzing COVID-19 test results. Read more.
CMS Testing Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities
September 16, 2020 --- The IDPH and SHL testing response to the August 26, 2020 CMS testing requirements for long-term care facilities can be read here.
COVID Electronic Test Ordering
September 16, 2020 --- COVID-19 testing efforts continue to rapidly expand in Iowa and SHL is committed to providing the best turnaround times possible. The SHL Electronic Test Request Form is an essential component in expediting SHL’s results. Long Term Care Facilities and Clinical Labs must submit COVID-19 samples using the Electronic Test Request Form in the SHL Web Portal to ensure a timely result.