Published March 13, 2020 at 9:45 AM
Dear Students, Staff, and Faculty,
The health and wellbeing of our Jacobs School community and our commitment to our educational, research and clinical programs are our top priorities. The realities of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic require us to modify our “normal daily lives”.
This communication reinforces the “UB Transitioning to Distance Learning” document authored by Provost Scott Weber (attached) that was sent on Wednesday; and provides additional information specific to the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences that covers, at least for now, the period from today through the end of May. Our goals are to reduce/modify/eliminate educational, research, and social venues having large densities of individuals and to decrease the number of individuals from outside our school community who enter our buildings.
Working with senior Jacobs School leadership, I am implementing the plans detailed in Provost Weber’s document and providing the following specific information directly pertinent to our School activities at all sites where we conduct educational, research and clinical programs. These elements are subject to change as the pandemic evolves. All changes will be communicated to you by email and on our School COVID-19 focused public website (School COVID-19 focused website).
The following changes will take effect on or before March 23:
The following elements have not changed:
The following events are still under consideration:
We face an unprecedented challenge. We are fortunate to have faculty, staff, and students who together will allow us to make sound decisions, adapt, and navigate this pandemic crisis. We will keep our community updated through email and our COVID-19 focused website, which can be found at this link ((http://medicine.buffalo.edu/covid-19.html) and is designed to complement UB’s COVID-19 website (https://www.buffalo.edu/coronavirus/dashboard.html).
Finally, please practice good health habits including frequent hand washing, and staying home if you feel ill. We care about and support each other. Stay well.
Thank you for your support and efforts,
Michael E. Cain, MD
Vice President for Health Sciences and
Dean, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
University at Buffalo
955 Main Street, Room 6190
Buffalo, NY 14203-1121