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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.

Dear Dugoni School Family,

It is with a heavy heart that I share with you news of the losses of two members of the Dugoni School family — Mrs. Lina Fat and Mrs. Rosemary Dixon. Both were great friends and benefactors to the Dugoni School, sharing their time, talent, and generosity.

Restaurateur and Sacramento civic leader Lina Fat, 81, died peacefully in her sleep on November 25, 2019, with her husband Dr. Ken Fat and their children and grandchildren all at her side. Dr. Ken Fat served as our Dugoni School Foundation president from 1996 to 1998 and, together, they established the Kenneth and Lina Fat Family Student Scholarship Endowment. Lina is survived by Ken and their three children, John C. Fat ’88 (Shareen ’86), Kevin Fat (Sarina), Diana C. Fat-Carpenter ’99 (Charles), and eight grandchildren, including Michelle Fat ’19. A memorial service was held Monday, December 16, 2019, at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento. Lina’s obituary is available online here and outlines an extraordinary life well-lived.

Mrs. Rosemary Dixon passed at the age of 78 on December 24, 2019, at her home in San Mateo, California, surrounded by friends and family. Rosemary’s late husband, Dr. F. Gene Dixon, served as our Dugoni School Foundation president from 1990 to 1992. Together, the couple created the Dr. F. Gene and Rosemary Dixon IDS Endowment to provide scholarships for students in the International Dental Studies program at the Dugoni School, the first such endowment for international students at a dental school in the United States. Rosemary personally attended the annual announcement of the two IDS students selected for outstanding academic achievements and involvement in student leadership, sharing her connection and commitment to the future of the profession.

Rosemary’s memorial service will take place Wednesday, January 8, 11:00 a.m., at the First Presbyterian Church of San Mateo. A lunch reception will follow at the nearby Peninsula Golf & Country Club. Rosemary’s obituary is available online here, and is a worthwhile read about one of our dearest friends.