COVID-19 Planning and Information

Welcome to the COVID-19 Planning and Information Site

We are committed to keeping the Duquesne community informed during this challenging time.

Find the latest news, University updates, facts and resources. 

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COVID-19 symptoms or exposure? Find out what to do if you or a close contact have symptoms or may have been exposed.

Duquesne’s Approach to Testing Symptomatic Students

Duquesne’s overall strategy and approach to COVID-19 is outlined on the the COVID-19 website. Specific guidance for the University community related to COVID-19 can be found on the COVID-19 Testing and Symptom Instruction webpage. All students are required to conduct a Daily Health Screen prior to returning to campus. Students who answer no to any question in the Daily Health Screen need to contact Duquesne University Health Services (DUHS) by telephone. A health care professional will determine if the student needs an evaluation by DUHS and possible COVID-19 testing.

Symptomatic students who test positive or received a diagnosis of COVID-19 based on CDC criteria will be placed in isolation on campus or at home (based on their choice). DUHS staff will conduct contact tracing of the University affiliated contacts according to Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) and Duquesne University guidelines. Students placed in isolation must contact DUHS to schedule a re-evaluation for clearance.

Daily Report of Cases by Isolation and Quarantine Status


Lab confirmed, today*

Suspected, today**

Currently in isolation on campus, today

Currently in isolation at home, today Currently in Quarantine Hotel, today Currently in quarantine at home, today
11/24/20 3 0 1 81 3 249

*Laboratory confirmed test using either Abbott ID test or Quest PCR Nasal Swab Test
**Based on CDC Clinical & Epidemiologic Criteria

  • Total number of confirmed cases cumulative over time: 291
  • Total number of suspected cases cumulative over time: 52
  • Total number of students isolated on campus over time: 139
  • Total number of students quarantined on campus over time: 257

All students who are undergoing isolation or quarantine must receive a letter of clearance from Duquesne University Health Services before returning to campus.

Duquesne’s Approach to Testing Asymptomatic Students and Employees

Duquesne will periodically conduct randomized testing of asymptomatic students and employees to estimate the prevalence of COVID-19 on campus at various points in time. Participation in randomized testing is completely voluntary. After these periodic tests are done, the results will be presented on this website.

Duquesne’s Approach to Testing Symptomatic Employees

Employees who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 according to their daily health screen should contact their PCP and university supervisor. The employee’s PCP office will determine if testing is indicated according to established clinical protocols. Testing results, medical treatment and return-to-work clearance are the responsibility of the ordering health care provider or an employee’s designated PCP. Duquesne’s Office of Human Resources follows up with these employees and their university close contacts when necessary. The applicable county health department will conduct formal contact tracing when necessary. Employees must follow TAP policies and obtain medical clearance before returning to on campus work.

As of November 20, 2020 (updated weekly):

  • Total number of employees currently under isolation for COVID-19 (reported to DU HR): 9
  • Total cumulative number of employees under isolation for COVID-19 (reported to DU HR): 14

Latest News

News and Updates. November 12, 2020
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November 12, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

The update below was sent to all students today. Please encourage your students to take advantage of this free COVID testing program for the health and safety of themselves, their families and friends.

November 11, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

As President Gormley communicated last week, the University is recommending that all students take a COVID-19 test prior to your return home for Thanksgiving and the conclusion of the fall 2020 semester. The test helps prepare you for a safe return to your homes, families and friends. The University is covering the cost of the tests.

November 04, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

Now that the calendar has flipped to November, and the end of the semester is nearly upon us, I want to make sure that you are aware of the University’s plans for winding down so you can leave campus in an orderly and safe way for the holidays.

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In COVID-19, 'CO' stands for 'corona,' 'VI' for 'virus,' and 'D' for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV”. There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses.

  • The virus that causes COVID-19 most commonly spreads between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet, or 2 arm lengths).
  • It spreads through respiratory droplets or small particles, such as those in aerosols, produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, sings, talks, or breathes.
    • These particles can be inhaled into the nose, mouth, airways, and lungs and cause infection. This is thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
    • Droplets can also land on surfaces and objects and be transferred by touch. A person may get COVID-19 by touching the surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes. Spread from touching surfaces is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
  • It is possible that COVID-19 may spread through the droplets and airborne particles that are formed when a person who has COVID-19 coughs, sneezes, sings, talks, or breathes. There is growing evidence that droplets and airborne particles can remain suspended in the air and be breathed in by others, and travel distances beyond 6 feet (for example, during choir practice, in restaurants, or in fitness classes). In general, indoor environments without good ventilation increase this risk.

COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in many affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected. Read more on the CDC site on how this virus spreads.

There are a number of national and international organizations with detailed information on COVID-19. We've curated a list of recommended resources below. Additionally, you can check with your state and local governments, as they may have further information on how the current outbreak is affecting your area.


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There are a number of national and international organizations with detailed information on COVID-19. We've curated a list of recommended resources below. Additionally, you can check with your state and local governments, as they may have further information on how the current outbreak is affecting your area.

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For any additional questions or concerns about Duquesne's efforts related to COVID-19, please contact us.

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