Officials at Duke, along with health officials worldwide, are actively monitoring the local and global health status of the novel coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 disease. Duke has taken proactive steps to minimize health and safety risks to Duke students, faculty, staff and the larger community.

During this time, Duke University and Duke Health remain open, and many of our operations and activities are ongoing, though with adjustments to working conditions.

Here are some of the steps Duke has taken:

  • In-person classes are being moved to a virtual format until further notice 
  • The Duke Chapel, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Nasher Museum of Art, Duke Lemur Center, Rubenstein Arts Center, Athletics Hall of Fame, and Karsh Alumni and Visitors Center are all closed to visitors until further notice. 
  • All on-campus events – including Admissions tours, Chapel services, events at the Museum and Duke Gardens, and all athletic events – have been cancelled
  • The university has implemented travel restrictions and guidance
  • Resources for teaching and learning from a distance and working remotely have been put in place
  • Duke Health is sharing resources to help patients and community members help prevent the spread of COVID-19 

And here are some of the recent messages from Duke leaders to the community, the faculty, and students: 

This is an unprecedented moment for our university, our region and the wider world and we are grateful for the cooperation and support of the entire Duke community as we take steps to confront the spread of this virus.

Latest Updates

An Update About Commencement

This email was sent on March 18, 2020 Dear Members of the Class of 2020, You have heard from me many times in the past

Duke to Continue Pay for Employees

March 18, 2020 Dear Colleagues, Duke has a dedicated workforce of employees and contractors who support our essential missions of education, research, patient care and

Announcement about Grading

This email was sent to faculty on March 18, 2020 Dear colleagues, The unprecedented challenges imposed by COVID-19 require us to consider novel ways to

Undergraduate Grading Policy Changes

This email was sent to all undergraduate students on March 18, 2020 Dear Duke Students, The unprecedented challenges imposed by COVID-19 require us to consider

COVID-19 Update at Duke

March 17, 2020 Dear Colleagues, We have been informed that at least 15 additional members of the Duke community who were part of the same

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Important Resources

What To Do if You Are Sick

  • If you traveled internationally or domestically to any area with widespread sustained and ongoing community spread of COVID-19 in the last 14 days and feel sick with fever, cough or difficulty breathing, you should seek medical care right away.
    • Ill students should contact Student Health at  919-681-9355, option 2 and ask to speak to a triage nurse before returning to campus.
    • Ill employees should contact Employee Occupational Health & Wellness at 919-684-3136, option 2 and ask for a nurse for a risk assessment review and clearance before returning to campus (after business hours call the Blood and Body Fluid exposure emergency hotline at 919-684-8115).
  • If you are seeking care, call ahead to your doctor’s office or emergency room and advise them of your recent travel and symptoms.