Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
At the University of Kansas Medical Center, the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and community are of the utmost importance. We want to assure our community that the university is closely monitoring the novel coronavirus COVID-19, and we are following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). For patients and visitors looking for information about accessing care, visit The University of Kansas Health System.
Classes and Academics
While the KU Medical Center campus remains open, we have modified operations out of an abundance of caution. Our schools of Health Professions, Medicine and Nursing have each developed their own contingency plans that they have communicated with their faculty, staff and students. As much as possible, in-person learning has been suspended for a period of time. Find additional information about plans for the School of Health Professions and the School of Nursing online.
(updated March 16 at 5:20 p.m.)
Our partners at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KDHE and the health system recently updated their travel guidelines. As of now, KU Medical Center asks that university employees follow the guidance of the University of Kansas in Lawrence.
(updated March 17 at 9:55 a.m.)
The university also encourages social distancing – limiting events and reducing in-person meetings – and practicing self-care. We have instituted these methods in an effort to reduce the spread of the virus and to keep our campus community healthy. All university personnel who can work from home are asked to do so for the next two weeks, and we have circulated resources and information to help employees transition to working remotely.
Information for Researchers
(updated March 21 at 1:30 p.m.)
As concerns about COVID-19 intensify, we are ramping up measures to protect our community by suspending all non-essential research activities that require personnel to be on campus. We encourage employees to visit the KUMC COVID-19 Resource Center (requires login) for FAQs and additional resources for researchers.
(updated March 24 at 12:30 p.m.)
These unprecedented times call on all of us to care for, not just our physical health, but also our emotional and mental health, too. The following resources are provided to support our community throughout this challenging situation:
- Counseling and Educational Support Services continues to offer appointments for students, residents and fellows (via encrypted HIPAA-compliant video call).
- University employees have access to the state-sponsored Employee Assistance Program.
- The Coping with COVID-19 page provides an array of mental health resources and recommendations from Counseling and Educational Support Services.
This situation is rapidly evolving, and KU Medical Center is prepared to make agile decisions and implement academic and business continuity plans as needed. We are committed to sharing this information as it becomes available.