2019 Novel Coronavirus

The University of Toledo will host a public forum featuring health experts to address the latest information on the novel coronavirus, now known as COVID-19.

Following the guidance of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, University officials have been discussing a number of scenarios to safely reopen on-campus operations. The University of Toledo is preparing to open campus for the fall 2020 semester with plans to resume face-to-face instruction.

The health and safety of our campus community is our top priority. We will continue to follow the advice and guidance of our local, state and federal officials, as well as our own infectious disease experts.

All summer courses will be delivered remotely and UToledo continues to operate under remote work arrangements as previously announced. In addition, all on-campus events have been canceled until further notice.

Last Updated May 21, 2020, 3:00 p.m.

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A new registration process has been established to preauthorize any on-campus program or event during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Requests to hold a campus event need to be submitted via the online Summer Program and Event Registry form.

Gatherings may be approved on a case-by-case basis with proper social distancing measures, good hygiene and sanitation practices and wearing of face coverings by all participants. Requests should be mission critical and the University strongly advises no programs that bring minors on campus. Currently the state of Ohio’s public health order permits gatherings of 10 or fewer people.

Any campus event must be pre-approved by the appropriate college dean or associate vice president that oversees the department, and then receive final approval by the University’s senior leadership team.

If an event is approved and takes place, the names and contact information for all attendees must be collected to facilitate contact tracing in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak.

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Media seeking experts on this topic or updates on The University of Toledo’s response should contact Tyrel Linkhorn, PIO, at 419.530.5549 or tyrel.linkhorn@utoledo.edu

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On Wednesday, March 4, 2020, The University of Toledo hosted a public forum on the coronavirus outbreak with top scholars from the College of Medicine and Life Sciences and the College of Nursing with specific expertise in public health, infectious diseases, immunology, and microbiology. As a public research university, UToledo regularly shares our scholarly and research expertise on major issues impacting the public.



The current guidance from the Ohio Department of Health is that if an individual traveled to affected areas in China where coronavirus outbreaks have been identified AND feels sick with fever, cough or difficulty breathing, they should seek medical care and be tested for the virus. If you are concerned about your health, contact The University of Toledo Medical Center Emergency Department at 419.383.3888 to discuss your travel history and symptoms.

Individuals with questions about international travel to affected areas may contact the Center for International Studies and Programs at 419.530.5268 for guidance.

Media seeking experts on this topic or updates on The University of Toledo’s response should contact Tyrel Linkhorn, PIO, at 419.530.5549 or tyrel.linkhorn@utoledo.edu

Last Updated: 5/27/20