Updates on the Novel Coronavirus Epidemic for the NYU Shanghai Community

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This page contains the latest information available to NYU Shanghai about the Novel Coronavirus Epidemic, useful links, and FAQs.

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Latest information about COVID-19

Last Updated: March 26, 2020 1:49 PM, China Standard Time

By NYU Shanghai
Relevance: All NYU Shanghai

Daily Situation Reports

World Health Organization daily situation reports
CDC 2019 Novel Coronavirus Wuhan Situation Summary
Latest statistics on Coronavirus with info about cases in Shanghai by District (Chinese)
Wuhan Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Global Cases (by Johns Hopkins CSSE)
Shine.cn Updates on the Coronavirus Epidemic (Shanghai-related news)
Live Updates (Washington Post)
Coronavirus Live Updates (New York Times)
China and Coronavirus Updates (BBC)

Shanghai
Confirmed cases: 451
Currently hospitalized: 116
Deaths: 5
Recovered: 330

NYU Shanghai: 2*

*Two students studying away in London have tested positive for COVID-19.

Useful Information

NYU Shanghai Teaching & Learning Toolkits
Info Pack for Returning to Shanghai - Updated March 25 (PDF)
NYU COVID-19 Updates Page
Undergraduate advising Information for Spring 2020 and FAQ
CDC Travel Advisory
Updated Academic Calendar for Spring 2020
NYU Health Alert: 2019 Novel Coronavirus
NYU Shanghai to Delay Opening and Move Many Classes Online
New Access Restrictions to NYU Shanghai Campus/Residence Halls (PDF)

Important Dates
February 17, 2020 -- Digital instruction begins
February 10 -- Faculty and staff, remote work from home until further notice
Spring Festival holiday extended until February 7, followed by the weekend of February 8 & 9

Contact Information

Department Email/Phone number
Undergraduate advising shanghai.advising@nyu.edu
Graduate Office shanghai.ogae@nyu.edu
NYU's Office of Global Programs global.admissions@nyu.edu
Public Safety shanghai.publicsafety@nyu.edu | 021-2059-5500
Human Resources shanghai.hr@nyu.edu | 13764511733
Wellness Exchange 021-2059-9999
General Inquiries nyushanghai@nyu.edu

Shanghai East Medical Center (NYU Shanghai’s designated hospital for all suspected cases)
No.150, Jimo Road, Pudong New Area (Line 2 Dongchang RD Station Exit 1)
Tel: 021-3880 4518
上海市浦东新区即墨路150号, 近浦东大道(2号线东昌路站1号口)电话: 021-3880 4518

About the Coronavirus

 

Health and Safety Tips

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Wear a mask when out in public.
2 days 12 hours ago
A Message about NYU's 2020 Commencement
To: NYU Community
From:
  • Andy Hamilton, President of NYU
Relevance: NYU Global Community

Members of the NYU Community,

There are few academic rituals more meaningful and enduring than Commencements. On these special occasions, we come together as a community to mark the achievements of our talented graduates in the presence of families and friends, faculty and alumni; to proclaim the power of learning and scholarship; to pass the torch of knowledge from one generation to another.

It is with deepest regret, therefore, that I write to let you know that NYU’s 188th All-University Commencement Exercises, due to take place in Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, must be postponed to a date still to be decided. Likewise, the individual school graduation ceremonies cannot go forward as planned. Given the advice of public health officials, as well as the restrictions put in place by city and state authorities, and out of our own sense of obligation to safeguard the safety of our community, it is impossible to imagine we could or should hold such large assemblies this spring.

Be assured, however, that once we are on the other side of this difficult and extraordinary time, we will find a way to hold an in-person graduation exercise and properly recognize the Class of 2020 with all the pomp and circumstance you deserve and that NYU knows how to muster.

In making this decision, we have consulted with student leaders as well as the deans of our schools, and we are grateful for their guidance. In short order, the deans will also be in touch with their graduates about the plans for the school graduation ceremonies or celebrations, whether virtual this spring and/or future in-person events at a later date. And while we cannot go forward with our physical gathering in Yankee Stadium, I want you all to mark the date May 20, 2020 on your calendars, for we will be looking for special ways to make sure we stay connected and celebrate the Class of 2020 on that day and in the weeks leading up to it--and to assure you that, yes, for all eligible graduates, degrees will be conferred!

To the Class of 2020: I feel keenly the disappointment you must be experiencing and I would remind you of the special bond I feel for your class. We “entered” NYU in the same year and I so looked forward to marking our four years together as you progressed from freshman to senior year. And I recognize that this news follows a string of developments and announcements, each one more unnerving than the last. Many of you and your families may have already put plans in motion to be on campus in May. I also realize that you understandably have a multitude of questions for which we do not yet have answers as we all navigate these turbulent times. But we pledge to keep you informed over these coming weeks and months as our plans evolve and we get a better sense of our options.

In an academic career spanning four decades at five universities, the highlight for me of each of those 40 years -- without a doubt – has been Commencement. While we will have to delay this year’s celebration, what does not have to be postponed is our expression of pride in what you have accomplished. And when we do convene to celebrate the Class of 2020 it will come with an added dose of praise and congratulations for the tremendous resiliency you have shown in the face of great adversity.

Please take care of yourselves and each other.

3 weeks 3 days ago
Taking the Measure of the COVID-19 Circumstances
To: The NYU Community
From:
  • President Andrew Hamilton
Relevance: All NYUNYU

Dear NYU Community Members,

For all of us, the media environment is filled with coronavirus-related alerts: new statistics, new locations, market swings, et cetera. With recent word of New York's first confirmed case and new guidance to universities from the CDC about foreign travel, I thought it important to write to you.

I want you to be aware that COVID-19 is the topic of daily analysis and consultation at NYU. We set that level of scrutiny because we take the issue seriously; it allows us to collectedly keep on top of new developments, to evenly make the adjustments necessary to keep our community safe and well, to communicate clearly and regularly, and to have a decision-making process as dynamic as the situation.

This week, we are taking several steps -- prohibiting upcoming non-essential international University travel, postponing some events at NYU Abu Dhabi, and allowing students to voluntarily leave Study Away sites and pursue their classes remotely -- that we think are measured and prudent, yet decisive.

And that is just the manner in which I believe we should continue to proceed. Because just as we are committed to safeguarding our community's health, so too do we think it is important to safeguard everyone's academic progress and research, and to maintain, to the extent circumstances permit us to do so wisely, the daily rhythms of university life.

I appreciate how readily uncertainty can give rise to anxiety, and anxiety to impetuousness. That is why we have made the coronavirus the subject of such close and sustained attention -- so that we can act quickly and decisively, but not impulsively.

At the moment, the most authoritative voices tell us we can go about our business normally, using the precautions we should typically take in flu season. And so we should. For now, while continuing to be attentive, we should not let our worries get the better of us. We need not don special gear for normal NYU activities. And we certainly should not allow those whom medical authorities tell us do not present any danger to be ostracized, bullied, or mistreated.

Perseverance is part of NYU's character. I am proud of and grateful for everyone's steadfastness at this moment. And rest assured, if the moment comes when there is reason to act, or to act more sweepingly, we shall do so thoughtfully but unhesitatingly.

1 month 11 hours ago
NYU Florence, and Other Coronavirus-related Developments
To: The NYU Community
From:
  • Andrew Hamilton, President of NYU
Relevance: All students, faculty, and staff

Dear Members of the NYU Community,

While there are and have been no cases of anyone in the NYU community contracting the coronavirus known now as COVID-19, here in New York or elsewhere, developments resulting from the spread of the virus continue to be felt widely: in industry, in financial markets, in travel, among public health authorities and providers, and among the regions where its reach has been greatest.  

So, this is an apt moment to update you again, particularly because of the changes in circumstances for our fellow community members at NYU Florence.

As you may have heard in recent news accounts, the incidence of new coronavirus cases has increased sharply in northern Italy.  In response, the Italian government has taken swift action, including quarantining a set of towns in regions to the north of Tuscany, where NYU Florence is located.

While we do not believe there is a particularly pressing health threat to the NYU Florence community, the events of the last few weeks has conveyed a sharp lesson to us about how countries, in their public health efforts to curb the spread of the virus, can act swiftly and unexpectedly in ways that could abruptly restrict our community members' ability to travel.

So, against this backdrop, out of an abundance of caution, and guided by the priority we place on the well-being of our students, we have made the decision to:

  • ​Cancel classes for the rest of the week at NYU Florence.
  • Have all students promptly travel home or to another location, which staff will assist them in doing with logistical and financial support.
  • Suspend operations at the campus on Thursday.
  • Resume holding classes remotely starting next Monday, making use of the tools being used by NYU Shanghai as well as the experience we have gained.

 

We plan to have the NYU Florence community carry on in this manner until at least March 29, when we hope everyone can reconvene at Villa La Pietra.  We are also currently advising students elsewhere in Europe against travel to northern Italy.

We know that for many of these students, the opportunity to spend a semester in Florence -- a world center of culture, art, and beauty -- was a dream.  As a community, we share their sense of disappointment and regret that this illness has emerged to disrupt their studies in this manner, and their hope that things will be back to normal at the end of March. 

At NYU Shanghai, classes - which are meeting remotely - successfully got underway last week, and they are proceeding well.  Vice Chancellor Jeff Lehman, who is teaching a course this semester called “Creativity Considered,” conveyed to me that while everyone would, naturally, prefer to be together in a classroom, he and his co-teacher were pleased to find that the online tools we have employed have, in fact, allowed him to maintain authentic discussion and engagement.  He said he has received similar, positive reports from other members of the NYU Shanghai faculty.  And the students have not only been resolute and patient, but gracious in their praise (PDF) for the work that faculty and academic support did to get the semester underway.

Although US health officials have indicated that they do expect to see some spread of the virus in the US, there have not yet been any cases in New York City.  Classes started here on January 27, and the vast majority of our community had assembled here by that time; by this point, we are well outside the incubation window for those who were here for the start of classes. 

In the 60-plus years since NYU opened a site in Madrid, it has increasingly deepened its commitment to global education and engagement.  Today, it is at the forefront of global higher education among US universities.

No one believed it would be easy, and that was not why we embraced that trajectory.  The determination to engage the world also meant engaging the world's challenges; that is intentional: we want our students and faculty to help find the needed solutions.  Having chosen this direction, NYU will inevitably be among the first universities to grapple with the complexities of increasingly interconnected world. 

Global is the right course for NYU. And if it sometimes presents us with hurdles, our reaction should be to surmount them calmly, resiliently, and resolutely, as we have in this instance.

1 month 3 weeks ago
An Update on the Coronavirus and NYU's Response
To: All NYU
From:
  • President Andrew Hamilton
  • Dr. Carlo Ciotoli, MD, Assoc. Vice President for Student Health
Relevance: NYU Global Community

The safety and health of NYU's students, faculty, administrators, and staff are the top concern for me and all the University's leadership.  The new illness has been a focus of attention across NYU's global network since it first emerged, and we have assembled a team involving multiple University offices and campuses to monitor, plan, and respond.  As the new coronavirus-based illness that originated in Wuhan, China continues to spread, we want to update you on developments related to NYU globally.

Background

The Coronavirus: Coronaviruses are fairly common viruses in humans.  The virus that has emerged in China – 2019-nCoV – is a new one, and doctors and researchers are working to better understand its contagiousness and severity.  Generally speaking, outside of China, the spread of the disease has been limited, with no confirmed cases in New York City, for example.

No cases at NYU: So far, there are no cases of NYU community members infected with 2019-nCoV on any of our campuses, including NYU Shanghai.

Information: The Student Health Center has created a webpage with information about the illness and health guidance for the NYU community.  It is updated regularly as new developments occur.

Health Issues: Readiness, Preparations, and Actions

Closely Following the Guidance of Health Authorities: Our Student Health Center (SHC) staff has been in frequent direct contact with state and local health departments, has been in touch with other universities’ health operations, and has been closely following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization.  We are in line with the most-up-to-date guidance, which involves:

This is a time of year in which a lot of students are afflicted with respiratory illnesses, which the staff is trained and prepared to handle.  Medical staff in our Health Center have heightened their sensitivity to travel histories. And they are also providing guidance to our other campuses and sites.

Travel to China: The US government has issued an advisory against travel to China. In addition, some airlines have announced that they are suspending service to China, while others have reduced the number of flights they are operating.  The presumption is that any school, unit, or individual which had been planning academic or other travel to China has cancelled those plans, and the cancellation will remain in place until the guidance changes. For any needed advice or direction, please be in touch with our travel safety group at travelsafety@nyu.edu to discuss any proposed trips.

Communications: In addition to communicating directly with the populations most likely to be affected by the emerging virus, we have also sought to keep the broader NYU community up-to-date by: 1) sending University-wide communications, such as this and the earlier one from Dr. Ciotoli, 2) establishing, as we noted earlier, a page with information about the virus, and 3) posting public statements.

NYU Langone: Our medical center is one of the finest in the world, and an important part of the fabric of New York's health system.  While there are currently no confirmed cases in the New York City area, NYU Langone is well prepared to handle the 2019-nCoV virus and to be part of the City's health response.  This includes establishing a special 2019-nCoV task force; implementing procedures for the identification and treatment of potential patients; ensuring the availability of proper protective equipment; and building awareness and recognition among staff.

Academic Planning and Responses

Spring classes and academic planning: In line with the guidance from health authorities, we have begun spring semester classes in all locations except NYU Shanghai, where municipal authorities have asked all universities to delay spring classes.

In response to the coronavirus, our academic planning has centered around two issues: 1) contingency planning for NYU Shanghai, and 2) planning to address academic progress for students who are unable to resume their studies because of travel restrictions.

NYU Shanghai: Given the US government's advisory against travel to China, we will activate the contingency plans on which we had been working.  Accordingly, NYU Shanghai will begin digital instruction on February 17, with classes meeting remotely using technology and with some NYU Shanghai students enrolling in global sites. The university is in constant contact with health authorities and will look to resume in-person classes as soon as practicable and appropriate.

Students Unable to Travel: We have also been undertaking planning to address the academic progress of students throughout NYU whose travel has been restricted.  We have communicated directly with those students who, our records suggest, are most likely to be affected by travel restrictions and asked them to contact us if they cannot travel.  In addition, the Provost's Office has communicated with faculty who have students in their classes who may be travel-restricted and provided them with recommendations, techniques, and resources that can allow students to participate in class until travel restrictions are lifted.

Concluding Thoughts

The challenges that this illness presents for NYU – keeping our community safe and well, and ensuring the continued education both of NYU Shanghai students and travel-restricted students – are ample. And it is understandable that concerns may accompany a new and unfamiliar communicable illness.

However, we are convinced that NYU's considerable strengths – the capabilities of our global network, the courage and determination of our community, the professionalism of our health staff, our technological resources, and our commitment to our students' academic progress – will enable us to overcome these challenges, and we shall look with some pride on how we came together and were able to handle this test.

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