Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Resources

Update on Spring 2021 Semester

There are still many details to be worked out regarding the Spring 2021 semester. Our plans to date are focused on allowing more time for faculty, staff and students to quarantine after the holidays and prior to returning to campus. As of this date, the plan for spring semester is as follows:

  • All East Falls programs (with the exception of Athletic Training) will start the spring 2021 semester on January 20, one week later than originally scheduled. This necessitates the cancellation of spring break in 2021. All other programs will also follow this schedule, unless there are noted constraints, in which case they will remain on their original schedule. Colleges and programs will follow-up with faculty and students shortly.
  • Programs that are already operating remote-only will remain on their original spring schedule.
  • Graduate programs that are research-intensive will remain on their original spring schedule.
  • The scheduling of clinical rotations will not be impacted.
  • Jefferson has also made the difficult decision to continue the suspension of our in-person Study Away programs for spring

Please note, there will be no changes to the end of the semester and final exam schedule. In addition, we are currently planning for courses to operate using the same hybrid model approach as we did for the fall semester.

Students can expect to hear more details relating to the spring semester schedule directly from their college. As updates become available, we will continue to provide them via email and on Jefferson.edu/Coronavirus. Students, faculty and staff should continue to check their Jefferson.edu email frequently.

Students who have questions may contact Peter Miller, Senior Associate Provost, at Peter.Miller@jefferson.edu. Faculty and Staff should contact their immediate supervisor. 

COVID-19 Case Dashboard

This dashboard shows the number of COVID-positive cases and number of persons who may have been exposed and are being tested among Thomas Jefferson University students.

Current COVID-19 Summary (since August 24, 2020)*
(data is current as of 12/1/20)

  • Daily Active PUIs: 37 (East Falls campus: 3; Center City campus: 34)
  • Daily Active Cases: 26 (East Falls campus: 6; Center City campus: 20)
  • Cumulative Cases since August 24th (total, both campuses): 202
  • Daily Positivity Rate: 0.14% East Falls campus; 0.47% Center City campus

Any students who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, or are showing symptoms, please reach out to Student Health Services at 215-951-0168 (East Falls) or Jefferson Occupational Health Network at 215-955-6835 (Center City).

Any faculty and staff who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, or are showing symptoms, please reach out to Jefferson Occupational Health Network at 215-955-6835.   

Anyone who has been in contact with a Jefferson student who has tested positive will be notified via the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. 

*COVID-19 Case Dashboard Definitions

Daily Active PUIs: Students who are symptomatic and awaiting COVID-19 test result

Daily Active Cases: Students who have a positive COVID-19 test and remain in isolation

Daily Positivity Rate: Total number of students with a positive COVID-19 test among a given population

 

Previous University Updates

Detailed information for students is being shared via email that will also be posted on this site. It is important that you access this information to ensure you are up to date on the latest communications.

November 17, 2020: University Changes in Effect 11/20 Due to New City COVID-19 Restrictions

TO ALL UNIVERSITY STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF

SENT ON BEHALF OF:
Mark L. Tykocinski, MD
EVP and Provost
Thomas Jefferson University

As you are aware, our plan for the remainder of the fall semester was to move to all-online learning as of Thanksgiving. On Monday, however, the City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health announced new “Safer at Home” restrictions that will alter our plans by a few days. These guidelines, intended to fight the rise of COVID-19 cases, include, but are not limited to, restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings. As a result, the following changes will be in effect from Friday, November 20, 2020 to Friday, January 1, 2021:

  • Colleges must move to online instruction only, with the exception of clinical instruction for students in health sciences. 
    • Studio instruction will transition to 100% virtual.
    • Laboratory instruction will transition to 100% virtual.
  • The Gutman and Scott libraries will be closed for general use.
  • All employees who are able to work remotely must continue to do so until further notice.
  • Use of Gallagher Center facilities is suspended.

What is not changing:

  • Clinical rotations will remain in-person.
  • Research will remain in-person.

Students with questions should reach out to their program director. Faculty and staff with questions should reach out to their direct supervisor. The university will continue to review and update policies as necessary. These changes will continue to be communicated via your Jefferson.edu email. 

In addition, be sure to clean out any food or beverages in your offices or residence halls before you leave.

As a reminder, please follow the city’s safety checklist to help reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • #MaskUpPHL to block the virus from spreading and require others to wear them.
  • Use barriers such as sneeze guards or plexiglass screens. 
  • Keep people who may be infected away from others (ideally at home).
  • Practice social distancing (6 feet!).
  • Reduce crowds. 
  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Keep surfaces clean (don’t forget your cell phone!).
  • Communicate with staff, customers and others taking part in permitted activities and ensure everyone understands and follows this Safety Checklist.

You can obtain more information about the city’s new restrictions here.

Thank you students, faculty and staff for embracing and following guidelines, and coming together as a team to make this fall semester so successful. We will be providing more information about the spring semester at next week’s all-university information session on Monday, November 23 at noon. Register for the information session here

Be well and please stay safe.  Thank you.

 

SENT ON BEHALF OF:
Charles Pohl, MD 
Vice Provost, Student Affairs, Thomas Jefferson University
Vice Dean, Student Affairs & Career Counseling, Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Henry Humphreys, PhD 
Dean of Students, East Falls Campus 
Thomas Jefferson University

To All Thomas Jefferson University Students:

As you make plans to return home for the holidays, continuing to follow the mask wearing, social distancing, and hand washing guidelines will help to ensure you and your families are safe. Students should continue to attend their regular classes, but avoid social activities and social contacts between now and your departure from campus (14 days). 

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health also recommends you:

·       Be vigilant in universal masking at all times outside of your rooms.

·       Continue to socially distance by maintaining at least 6 feet of distance between you and others, both indoors and outdoors.

·       Not attend any social gatherings and limit all contact outside of your campus household (roommates and housemates).

·       Avoid dining with others and take advantage of grab and go dining options to reduce contact with others.

·       Defer travel until after your isolation/quarantine period has been completed.

To stay safe and enjoy your time at home, we encourage you to continue to follow the PDPH guidelines – we look forward to seeing you in January.

If you are feeling ill or have had a known exposure, please contact Jefferson immediately. Students on the Center City campus should contact Jefferson Occupational Health Network at 215-955-6835. Students on the East Falls campus should contact Student Health Services COVID line at 215-951-0168.

Don’t forget to download the COVID Alert PA mobile app, whether you live on or off campus. The app provides timely alerts and can reduce the risk of unknowingly spreading the virus to your friends, family, and larger community. COVID Alert apps may also be available in other states – so be sure to download it while home. Additionally, yesterday you received an invitation to an Information Session on 11/23 where we will share updates pertaining to the spring semester. Please be sure to register and submit your questions in advance. 

Thank you for continuing to do your part to keep each other safe. We are so proud of our students and wish you well as you wrap up the end of this historic fall semester. Please enjoy your time with your family during the holidays. We look forward to seeing you back on campus in the spring.

 

SENT ON BEHALF OF:
Mark L. Tykocinski, MD
Executive Vice President, Academic Affairs
Provost, Thomas Jefferson University

To All Thomas Jefferson University Faculty, Staff and Students:

As we begin the second half of arguably the most unique fall semester in the history of higher education, I want to provide you with some details regarding our approach for the spring semester. While there are still many details to be worked out, our plans to date are focused on allowing more time for faculty, staff and students to quarantine after the holidays and prior to returning to campus. As of this date, the plan for spring semester is as follows:

  • All East Falls programs (with the exception of Athletic Training) will start the spring 2021 semester on January 20, one week later than originally scheduled. This necessitates the cancellation of spring break in 2021All other programs will also follow this schedule, unless there are noted constraints, in which case they will remain on their original schedule. Colleges and programs will follow-up with faculty and students shortly.
  • Programs that are already operating remote-only will remain on their original spring schedule.
  • Graduate programs that are research-intensive will remain on their original spring schedule.
  • The scheduling of clinical rotations will not be impacted.

While we understand that some may be disappointed in the elimination of spring break for this year, it is important that we take all steps that diminish the probability of traveling to and from campus, and potentially increasing chances for exposure, infection and transmission.

Please note, there will be no changes to the end of the semester and final exam schedule. In addition, we are currently planning for courses to operate using the same hybrid model approach as we did for the fall semester.

After careful and detailed consideration and as other universities and colleges have done, Jefferson has also made the difficult decision to continue the suspension of our in-person Study Away programs for spring 2021. All Study Away applicants and academic programs have been notified. Students are encouraged to reach out to their academic advisor to revise your schedule for spring registration.

You can expect to hear more details relating to the spring semester schedule directly from your college. As updates become available, we will continue to provide them via email and on Jefferson.edu/Coronavirus. Please continue to check your Jefferson.edu email frequently.

If you have any questions, please contact Peter Miller, Senior Associate Provost, at Peter.Miller@jefferson.edu.