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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Preparing to Return to Campus for the Spring Semester

As we continue to prepare for the safe return of students to campus, frequent communications are being sent concerning updated safety protocols, COVID-19 testing prior to arriving on campus and available during the spring semester and information on move in and residency on campus. Please check your email first and visit Latest News and Updates herein for additional details. More information about spring operations 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.

Daily Report of Cases by Isolation and Quarantine Status

As mentioned in previous updates, daily reporting will resume after January 21.


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
12/17/20 0 0 0 n/a 0 n/a

*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: 295
  • Total number of suspected cases cumulative over time: 55
  • Total number of students isolated on campus over time: 140
  • 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 January 15, 2021 (updated weekly):

  • Total number of employees currently under isolation for COVID-19 (reported to DU HR): 10
  • Total cumulative number of employees under isolation for COVID-19 (reported to DU HR): 36

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News and Updates. January 13, 2021
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January 13, 2021 at 11:50 a.m.

Below are some additional details about the spring semester. Please read them carefully. The information contains details about some important changes to spaces and dining situations that you’ll want to know about. Additionally, there are a few updates regarding our health care protocols that you’ll want to review.

January 04, 2021 at 11:50 a.m.

You will soon receive an Everlywell COVID-19 test kit. These kits are being provided to all students who plan to return to campus in any way. Read the instructions below very carefully, to make sure you take the test at the proper time.

December 30, 2020 at 12:45 p.m.

Just as it did in the fall, Duquesne offers the Flexible Residency plan for the Spring 2021 semester to students who are registered for a University-owned residence on campus the option to adjust when they will arrive or depart, in consideration of their particular health needs or concerns, as well as travel considerations.

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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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