COVID-19 Planning and Information

September 18, 2020 - Update on Random Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing Results

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. The results of this testing are as follows:

  • 719 tests were tested by Quest*
  • 719 tests were negative

*Four tests had an insufficient sample. Three of those individuals were retested this week. We are awaiting those results from Quest. One test had a discrepancy in the hand written information provided on the day of the event and what was on file. That has been resolved and the test is now being processed by Quest.

For up-to-date information on the results of all testing (including testing of symptomatic individuals) please visit our COVID-19 website.

These results suggest that our campus-wide universal precautions for COVID-19 (wearing face masks, maintaining safe physical distancing, hand hygiene, and a commitment to performing daily self-screening for symptoms) are working. Our ability to continue to hold COVID-19 at bay relies on our continued vigilance to these precautions.

Allegheny County continues to advise travel-based quarantine for those who leave campus for regions especially those with a high prevalence of COVID-19. Please continue to avoid travel away from campus unless absolutely necessary.

We also have an ethical obligation to ensure that we are not putting ourselves or others at risk with our behavioral choices. Each of us must continue to take personal responsibility and consistently adhere to the health safeguards in place. It is our collective privilege to be on campus this semester and maintain in-person learning activities, sports practices, and small group events. We thank you for all that you are doing to assure that Duquesne University will surpass local, regional, and even national peer institutions because of who we are and by the Spirit that guides us.

David J. Dausey, MPhil, PhD, FACE, Executive Vice President and Provost
Douglas Frizzell, PhD, Senior Vice President of Student Life
John Greeno, Assistant Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
Sharon Oelschlager, Assistant Vice President for Residence Life
Mary Ellen Glasgow, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN, Dean and Professor, School of Nursing
Paul Larson, MD, MS, MBA, CPE, DTM&H, FAAFP, Medical Director of Health Services
Dessa Mrvos, BSN, MA, Director of Health Services
Madelyn Reilly, JD, Senior Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel

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