Communicating about COVID-19

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Dean Nadershahi sent this update to the San Francisco campus community today.

Dear San Francisco Campus family,

We are actively monitoring the news about COVID-19 (coronavirus) and how it is impacting communities around the world.

Fortunately, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus at any of Pacific’s three campuses.  We are, however, taking steps to be prepared if the spread of the virus would ever affect our day-to-day campus operations here in San Francisco. Our school administration has been looking at contingency planning so that we are prepared if we would need to change or cancel any activities. We are also coordinating daily with the university to share updates across our three-city campus community.

Your wellness is very important so please continue to practice healthy habits and personal hygiene while on campus and at home, including frequent hand washing, avoiding close contact with the sick, and staying home if you are ill.

Some other important tips, links and resources are included here.

For those working in our clinics, a reminder that patients who report a fever with cough should be rescheduled until they are well. If students have any questions or concerns about rescheduling patients, please contact your Group Practice Leader.

You may have heard that San Francisco Mayor London Breed yesterday issued an emergency declaration aimed at preparing the city for a potential coronavirus outbreak – even though no cases of the new virus have been confirmed in the city. The preemptive move raises awareness, mobilizes city resources, accelerates emergency planning, and coordinates agencies across the city. It also allows for future reimbursement by the state and federal governments should that be required.

One other reminder applicable at any time is to make sure your contact information is updated in the PacificCONNECT notification system, which is used to send messages in case of emergencies. You can learn how to review and update your information here.

Thank you for practicing good habits to ensure a safe and healthy campus.

The following is an informative video made by Osmosis in partnership with our school.