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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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

DATE

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
9/25/20 0 0 2 9 1 22

*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: 12
  • Total number of suspected cases cumulative over time: 37
  • Total number of students isolated on campus over time: 17
  • Total number of students quarantined on campus over time: 28

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 September 25, 2020 (updated weekly):

  • Total number of employees currently under isolation for COVID-19 (reported to DU HR): 1
  • Total cumulative number of employees under isolation for COVID-19 (reported to DU HR): 5

Latest News

News and Updates. September 18, 2020
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September 18, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.

Last week, the University conducted COVID-19 tests for 724 randomly selected students and employees who are regularly physically present on campus this fall.

September 10, 2020 at 6:50 p.m.

In the interest of safety of our campus and the necessity of taking preventive steps to ensure everyone’s well-being, this message is to remind individuals of relevant policies and guidelines.

September 04, 2020 at 6:50 p.m.

It is the University’s top priority to ensure academic continuity for our students and the health and safety of our campus community. Our community has shown real commitment in these first weeks to following preventive guidance and wearing masks, maintaining social distance and following hygiene practices. It is effective and appreciated.

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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 new coronavirus is a respiratory virus which spreads primarily through droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes. To protect yourself, maintain social distancing, avoid touching your face, & wash your hands frequently with soap and water, or clean them with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

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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