Coronavirus: Harvard, Cambridge, Stanford Universities Latest Updates

Novel coronavirus is a new respiratory virus that causes the disease COVID-19. The virus was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December 2019.

Coronavirus: Harvard, Cambridge, Stanford Universities Latest Guidance

Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that typically cause mild respiratory infections, although they can result in more severe disease, as seen in past years with SARS and MERS.


This “novel coronavirus” is a strain that had previously not been found in humans, and its health impact is currently being closely monitored internationally, nationally, and locally, by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department.

1. Harvard Universities

One member of the Harvard community received a presumptive positive test result and is receiving medical care off campus. Harvard University is closely monitoring the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. As the situation continues to change rapidly, Harvard's top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of our community, on and off campus. Harvard's planning for several contingency scenarios and taking decisive, informed action to limit the spread of COVID-19 while ensuring the continuity of our teaching and research mission. The University remains open and operational with appropriate measures to protect the health of the community. Go to Harvard's Coronavirus page.

2. University of Cambridge

The University is continually monitoring latest Public Health England and government advice on novel coronavirus (COVID-19). These pages contain advice for staff and students at the University and Colleges.

Familiarise yourself with the PHE stay at home guidance. For students, this means staying in your room and not receiving visitors. This is a simple, common-sense way of minimizing the chance of passing on any infection. Your College will help you with practical, pastoral and academic support.

If students feel they should be self-isolating, they should return to their room, follow NHS advice and notify their Porters’ Lodge by phone. The Porters’ Lodge will then trigger College-based assistance.

3. Stanford University

Rapidly changing circumstances require Stanford to take new additional measures to slow the spread of the disease within our community and the communities beyond our campus. These new steps include asking instructors to make winter quarter finals optional for undergraduate students, encouraging all undergraduate students who are able to do so to leave campus, and prohibiting gatherings of 35 or more people to comply with the Santa Clara County directive issued on March 13, 2020. Visit Stanford's health alert page.


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