COVID-19 Response

This page is a resource for ITEHP students to get information on the impacts of COVID-19 on the training program and on operations at Duke University. Rather than recreating resources that already exist, we are listing the most important centralized information hubs for our trainees.

If you have specific questions or concerns regarding COVID-19 procedures or resources, please reach out to Dr. Joel Meyer or Alexis Sharp.

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What should I do if I feel sick?

Students, if you feel sick, you should call Student Health during business hours at 919-681-9355 and choose option 2 to speak to a triage nurse if you are experiencing any symptoms, believe you may have been exposed to the virus, or have any concerns. Student Health’s hours are 8 am – 5 pm Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri; and 9 am – 4 pm Thurs. Student Health is closed daily from 11:40 am – 12:40 pm.

You should call if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Runny nose or new sinus congestion
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • New gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms
  • New loss of taste or smell

For urgent matters after hours, you may speak to a nurse by calling UNC Healthlink at 919-966-3820.

Medical emergencies should call 9-1-1.

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Reporting Concerns:

Duke expects trainees, staff, and faculty to comply with guidelines and policies for returning to campus and working in labs. If you see something, say something. You can report a concern anonymously through the Duke Speak Up Program by dialing 1-800-826-8109, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Or you may use the online anonymous reporting form.

You may also raise concerns with your supervisor, department leadership, or the building coordinator.

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Duke Resources:

Nicholas School of the Environment (NSOE) Specific Updates: This site provides COVID-19 updates specific to the Nicholas School and the Duke University Marine Lab communities. Information includes resources for:

  • Mental & physical health
  • Funding assistance
  • Food insecurity
  • International students
  • Durham and Marine Lab communities

NSOE Research & Field Work: (Net ID required) This page was set up to provide a central resource for Nicholas School-specific information related to the research community. This site is continually updated. Information includes:

  • Guidelines
  • Lab scheduling templates
  • Requests for building entry
  • Requests for field work

Duke COVID Testing Tracker: This site is updated every Monday, and includes data on testing, positive case, and quarantine numbers among students, faculty, and staff.

Duke Keep Learning: This site is the hub for student-focused information surrounding campus reopening and the fall semester. Information here includes:

  • Learning strategies
  • Wellness strategies
  • Key resources
  • Technical / technology support

Duke Keep Learning Graduate Student FAQ: This site provides general FAQ for all Duke graduate and professional students.

Duke Reopening FAQ: Information posted July 26, 2020, about housing, academics, health, and other issues for the Fall 2020 semester.

Duke United: This site provides information on reopening the campus and many other aspects of the 2020-21 academic year, including campus operations, public health measures, and community responsibilities.

Office of Biomedical Graduate Education (OBGE) COVID-19 return to work updates: Check this page regularly for updated information on impacts of COVID-19 on biomedical graduate education and training. ITEHP is part of the OBGE programs, and ITEHP direct-admits are considered to be OBGE trainees. Updates are listed chronologically on this page, with the most recent at the top.

Surveillance Testing: Visit this page to learn more about the procedures related to ongoing surveillance testing being conducted throughout the semester at Duke University. Surveillance testing assists in the early detection for potential COVID-19 cases on campus. Step-by-step instructions, an informational video, and test site locations are all provided.

Local Area Resources:

City of Durham Updates: Relevant local area information, including the any current stay-at-home orders.

Back on the Bull: Site maintains a list of businesses and organizations which have completed a special health and safety checklist, committed to the health and safety of the Durham community. These listings can be filtered to help identify minority-owned (e.g. Black, Latinx, LGBTQ+) businesses. There is also a helpful resources page, covering everything from food insecurity to Durham Public Schools to CDC references and more.

Count ON Me NC: Count On Me NC is a public health initiative that empowers visitors, guests and businesses to help keep everyone safe from COVID-19. This site maintains a listing of North Carolina businesses that have completed additional training to protect the well-being of their employees and their customers.

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Coronavirus image credit: Alissa Eckert, MSMI, and Dan Higgins, MAMS; Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Public Health Image Library (PHIL)