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
Ordering COVID-19 Tests - Important Updates
September 2, 2020 --- The following items will take effect on Wednesday, September 2, 2020:
*NOTICE* Weather Alert January 14 - 15
January 15, 2021 --- The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for western Iowa and a winter storm warning for most of the rest of the state. Due to hazardous road conditions, CDS courier will not pick up samples on Friday, January 15. Pick-ups will resume Saturday, January 16.
New SHL Web Portal Application Process
July 16, 2020 --- The State Hygienic Laboratory is always looking for ways to innovate. We are announcing an improvement that will assist clinical clients to obtain a web portal account faster and easier.
State Hygienic Lab staff show exceptional commitment to serving Iowans during COVID-19
July 15, 2020 --- The State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa (SHL) is cross-training staff and operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week to meet testing demands. Read more.
Herpes Simplex Virus IgG and IgM Antibodies Testing Discontinued
July 6, 2020 --- Due to decreased demand for Herpes Simplex Virus IgG and IgM antibodies testing, the State Hygienic Laboratory will discontinue offering the following tests effective July 6, 2020:
Iowa's Newborn Screening Program to pilot screening for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
June 1, 2020 --- The State Hygienic Laboratory is a proud partner of Iowa's Newborn Screening Program. In July, a pilot will begin to screen for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).
Please visit our COVID-19 Page for the latest news
March 21, 2020 --- Please visit our COVID-19 Page for the latest news
Routine Testing Delays Possible
March 13, 2020 --- SHL is working diligently to meet your testing needs. During our response efforts to the COVID-19 pandemic, clients may experience delays in turnaround times for other routine testing. We will continue to do our best to meet the needs of Iowa during this pandemic and we appreciate your support.
SHL ready to test for 2019-ncov (2019 Novel Coronavirus)
February 27, 2020 --- Effective, Thursday, February 27, 2020, the State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa (SHL) is able to perform testing for 2019-nCoV using materials provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) if requested by the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH).
Pentella receives ABSA Award
February 19, 2020 --- ABSA International - The Association for Biosafety and Biosecurity recently presented State Hygienic Laboratory Director Mike Pentella with its Arnold G. Wedum Memorial Lecture Award. The award recognized him for making "several contributions that have improved the practice of clinical microbiology and safety."
Discharge Monitoring Report-Quality Assurance Study Program (DMR-QA)
February 5, 2020 --- Every year, EPA sends out participation information on the Discharge Monitoring Report-Quality Assurance Study Program (DMR-QA). Waste water permittees that participate must report proficiency testing (PT) results for analytes on their permits and DMR-QA analyte list.
Lab Link relaunches with new look and schedule
January 30, 2020 --- After a year’s reprieve, the State Hygienic Lab (SHL) is bringing back Lab Link as a quarterly newsletter, starting with this spring issue.