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. Kate Hoffman or Jessica Straehle.

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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:

  • Monday-Wednesday: 8:00am – 4:30pm*
  • Thursday: 9:00am – 4:30pm*
  • Friday: 8:00am – 4:30pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: Closed

*Student Health is closed daily from 12:00pm – 1:00pm.

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 Coronavirus Response | Guidelines and Requirements: This page provides information on testing, masking, symptoms, vaccination requirements, and other COVID-related topics.

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

Local Area Resources:

Durham County COVID Guidance for Specific Groups: Includes guidance for colleges, universities, and schools.

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)