Medical and Nursing Services
Duquesne University Health Update on the 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Duquesne University and its Department of Health Services continue to monitor the 2019 Coronavirus (also referred to as the 2019-nCoV), an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new (novel) coronavirus that was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.
Currently, no suspected cases have been reported at Duquesne University. Students with questions or who need medical care should contact the Department of Health Services at 412.396.1650. Faculty and staff with questions or who need medical care should contact their primary care physician.
The University remains under the guidance of the Allegheny County Health Department and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and we are following updates with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
What are the symptoms?
According to the CDC, those with confirmed cases of the 2019 Coronavirus have reportedly experienced mild to severe respiratory illness as well as symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath. CDC SYMPTOM CHECKER
What is the treatment?
If you are experiencing any of the previously listed symptoms and you have recently traveled to or near the affected areas or have been exposed to others who have traveled to or near the affected areas, please contact the University's Department of Health Services or your health care provider immediately.
What about prevention?
Visit the CDC's interim guidance web page to learn more about preventing the 2019 Coronavirus from spreading.
Please note that this interim guidance is for:
- People confirmed to have the 2019 Coronavirus infection, who do not need to be hospitalized and who can receive care at home
- People being evaluated by a health care provider for 2019 Coronavirus infection, who do not need to be hospitalized and who can receive care at home
- Caregivers and household members of a person confirmed to have or being evaluated for 2019 Coronavirus infection
- Other people who have had close contact with a person confirmed to have or who is being evaluated for 2019 Coronavirus infection.
In general, individuals should continue to follow standard wellness practices, including:
- Frequently wash your hands
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing
- Avoid sharing cups, utensils, water bottles and other personal items
- Stay home when you are sick and avoid others who are sick.
Planning at Duquesne
- On May 13, 2020 President Ken Gormely provided an update on Duquesne University Planning for Fall Semester 2020.
- On March 1, the University made it official policy that any Duquesne student or employee returning to the U.S. from a destination with a CDC travel health notice of level 3 or higher must quarantine for 14 days prior to returning to the Pittsburgh campus.
- We instructed returning individuals that they must return to their homes or similarly suitable locations to practice quarantine as a protective measure for themselves and others.
a. Quarantine is not isolation. Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to or were in an area with a known contagious disease to see if they become sick. Isolation separates sick people with a known contagious disease from people who are not sick.
- Monitor yourself for symptoms. While in quarantine, if you develop a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, contact your primary care provider by telephone.
a. If you are on campus, employees are to consult with their primary care provider first, by first calling. Students are to call University Health Services prior to visiting their offices on the dedicated Coronavirus Information Line: 412.298.8980. Otherwise, to schedule an appointment, call the office first at 412.396.2617. Calling your healthcare provider ahead will save you time, ensure you are not unwittingly exposing yourself or others, and allow staff to continue to serve the needs of our campus community.
- Hand-sanitizer and information materials have been provided in all residence halls on campus. Individuals are strongly encouraged to use hand sanitizer that is available from dispensers throughout campus buildings.
a. Posters around campus remind people of the best safety and preventive measures they can take.
- Our Department of Facilities Management is following CDC and American College Health Association guidelines for preventative maintenance in University buildings, cleaning surfaces and high-use public areas with specific attention.
- Faculty and academic staff are aware of the potential for changes or disruptions to normal teaching practices. The University's Instructional Continuity plan provides guidance in the event that changes to instruction become necessary.
University Update Regarding 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19)
According to the CDC, infections with 2019 Coronavirus are being reported in a growing number of countries, including the United States, where the first 2019-nCoV infection was detected in a traveler returning from Wuhan, China on Jan. 21, 2020.
Person-to-person spread of the 2019 Coronavirus is occurring, but at this time it is unclear how easily this virus can be spread from person-to-person.
The CDC and other health officials are taking proactive preparedness precautions. More cases are likely to be identified in the coming days, including more cases in the United States.
Duquesne University Resources
The Staff of Duquesne University Health Services, a division of the Center for Student Wellbeing, is committed to:
- Providing comprehensive, competent, and confidential health care to all full time undergraduate and graduate students for the education of the mind, heart, and spirit
- Creating a compassionate environment that encourages students to take responsibility for their personal health, fitness, and education by promoting and guiding healthy lifestyles and disease prevention.
Health Services provides students with
- Acute and chronic disease and illness state management
- Injury care
- Preventative medical care and annual wellness exams (for selective insurances)
- Sexual health related screening, treatment and counseling
- Minor procedures
- Elevated level of care including EKG's, IV hydration, prolonged monitoring of health status
- Complete physicals for administrative, sports, school-required, work, and drivers(DOT) **Fee applies to physicals**
- Tuberculosis(TB) screening by PPD skin test or IGRA blood test **fee applies to testing**
- allergy injections and specialized injections
- ADHD continuation services (prescription monitoring)
- Laboratory/phlebotomy services
- Nutritional consultations by appointment
- ....and much more!
Using Health Services
Duquesne University Health Services is an in-network participating provider with a vast variety of Medical Insurance suppliers. We ask that you call your insurance company to verify what coverage is available for the student while staying in the Pittsburgh area.
ALL ELIGIBLE STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE (IN DORI, THROUGH THE HEALTH SERVICES PORTAL) THE FOLLOWING:
- Electronic submission of the Student Health History electronic form ( form is to be completed on the DORI site)
- Electronic submission/upload of the Duquesne University Immunization Verification Form through the Health Service Student Portal (instructions) in DORI.
- Upload copy of insurance card
What you should know
- We offer same-day appointments and accept walk-ins, prioritized depending upon severity of issue
- RN staff triage all phone calls, walk-ins, and appointment requests to assure optimal care
- All visits to Health Services are confidential unless consent is obtained from students to release Protected Health Information. Health Services is in compliance with HIPAA.
- You may email health services email@example.com for non-confidential communication. The content of emails sent to DUHS is confidential and is limited to general information for Duquesne University Health Service, but is NOT to be used for personal information, advice, or appointment scheduling.
- Follow us on Twitter: @DUQHealthServ
PLEASE CALL 412.396.1650 for an appointment for all services - except emergencies
EMERGENCY CARE/AFTER HOURS CARE: Call Public Safety (Campus Police) 412.396.2677 (COPS) or click here for more information.
CRISIS TEXT LINE: Text "HOME" to 741741 for free 24/7 support at your finger tips: https://www.crisistextline.org/