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University of Iowa hospitals eyes $1.35 million lease for COVID-19 storage

IOWA CITY — COVID-19 has altered many aspects of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics operations — including employee safety protocols — prompting the facility to stock up on protective gear and now seek warehouse space to store a decade-worth of supplies.

Iowa’s Board of Regents next week will consider a UIHC request to lease 15,047 square feet of warehouse space for the next 10 years from Hubbard Warehouse I for — among other things — “COVID-19 pandemic related storage.”

The space sits adjacent a 27,000-square-foot UIHC warehouse at 3400 Second St. in Coralville.

If approved, the deal would cost UIHC $1.35 million over the decade — $130,000 annually for the first five years and $139,750 annually for the last five.

“In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the downstream effects of its supply chain, UIHC has greatly increased its emergency pandemic stock — as well as its stock of

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