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.

Spring Semester Reporting Changes

We continue to navigate campus life amidst the efforts of the state to distribute vaccinations, to follow safety protocols of the Duquesne Pledge and to provide an environment following preventive guidance for wearing masks, maintaining safe social distances and following hygiene practices. Duquesne is grateful for your diligence. It is the University’s top priority to ensure academic continuity for our students and the health and safety of our campus community.

Duquesne is pleased to launch the new COVID-19 Dashboard providing timely data about health and safety status on campus. In addition, for reference and comparison, the Allegheny County Health Department Dashboard is also now available.

Please check your email first and visit Latest News and Updates herein for additional details.

More information about spring operations including testing will be sent to you in the coming days. Thank you in advance for keeping alert to messages the University will be sending, so that you have the most up-to-date information possible.

Our students’ health, safety and well-being are our highest priority, along with ensuring that nothing disrupts your ability to achieve your academic goals and earn your degrees. Thank you for your continued dedication and resolve and, above all, for the kindness and respect you’ve displayed toward all the members of the Duquesne community.

Duquesne’s Approach to Testing 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.

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News and Updates. April 12, 2021
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April 12, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.

This week, there are two different options to get a COVID-19 vaccine, one through Pittsburgh Mercy and one through the University.

April 08, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.

Three weeks of classes remain in the spring 2021 semester before finals week and commencement. Data on Duquesne’s COVID-19 dashboard show that our collective efforts are working. The community must continue to exercise care and caution.

April 05, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

With the Easter holiday past, the end of the academic year is just 30 days away. The University’s COVID-19 safety measures remain in place to ensure that our campus community can finish the semester safely and in-person on campus.

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The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Information continues to evolve as scientists learn more about the virus and vaccines. However, the spread of misinformation, especially on social media, often makes it difficult to separate myths from facts. It is critical that people get the most current and accurate information available from trusted sources such as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

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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