Current University Status - 4/30/20

  • KCU has established a COVID-19 Response Fund for scholarships, technology needs and student assistance. Read more.
  • Class of 2020 Commencement Ceremony will be replaced by a virtual ceremony on May 9. Details and information.
  • The Experience: CMEI event on June 9 has been postponed until a later date. Check the CMEI page for updates.
  • KCU campuses will remain restricted except to essential personnel through at least May 31, 2020.
    All events scheduled through May 31, 2020, have been postponed unless otherwise noted.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Questions? Email COVID-19.Info@kcumb.edu

Coronavirus Questions Answered

May 14, 2020 - Dr. D’Agostino, Executive Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine and Vice President for Health Affairs, answers the following questions on WDAF Fox4 News:

  • Is there a link between coronavirus and a vitamin-D deficiency?
  • Are we at a higher risk of catching coronavirus now that cities are beginning to reopen, and we’re coming in contact with more people?
  • How long before we really know the impact of lifting restrictions?
  • Can chlorine in pools kill the coronavirus?
  • Full Story

KCU COVID-19 Response Timeline

5/20

Kansas City's Small Colleges And Universities Say Their Size Could Turn Out To Be An Advantage In The Pandemic

Smaller schools think they could be an attractive option this fall for students wanting to save money and avoid overcrowded classrooms. Dr. Edward O'Connor, provost and vice president for Academic, Research and Student Affairs at Kansas City University, weighs in.

 

5/18

What The Future Could Hold For Kansas City's Small Colleges And Universities

Dr. Edward O'Connor, provost and vice president for Academic, Research and Student Affairs at Kansas City University is featured as a panelist in a podcast on KCUR, NPR in Kansas City.

COVID-19 will have a devastating impact on higher education, but it won't impact all colleges the same. Despite enormous challenges, some think smaller colleges can be more nimble when it comes to adapting to social distancing guidelines.

 

5/14

Dr. D’Agostino answers the following questions on FOX4 News:

  • Is there a link between coronavirus and a vitamin-D deficiency?
  • Are we at a higher risk of catching coronavirus now that cities are beginning to reopen, and we’re coming in contact with more people?
  • How long before we really know the impact of lifting restrictions?
  • Can chlorine in pools kill the coronavirus?
  • Full Story

 

5/12

Dr. D’Agostino answers the following questions on FOX4 News:

  • Will warmer weather help prevent spread of COVID-19?
  • Should we avoid wellness checkups right now?
  • Do blood thinners really help COVID-19 patients who are severely ill?
  • U.S. teams are working on a new drug: mono-clonal antibody therapy. It’s supposed to create an “immunity bridge” while we wait for a vaccine. What does that mean? Is this a possible solution?
  • Full Story

 

4/30

Dr. D’Agostino answers the following questions on FOX4 News:

  • How do you think social distancing will look this summer — at pools, offices, sporting events, etc.?
  • What are your thoughts on remdesivir as a treatment for coronavirus?
  • Last the CDC revealed six new COVID-19 symptoms to watch out for, are there any other possible symptoms you’ve heard about?
  • Full Story

 

4/28

Dr. D’Agostino answers the following questions on FOX4 News:

  • What safety measures do you think will stay in place, even after Missouri and Kansas reopen?
  • Is it possible to get the virus a second time? Does the virus re-activating in the body?
  • Can heartburn medicine be used to treat COVID-19?

Full Story

 

4/27

KCU Establishes the COVID-19 Response Fund

Your gifts to this fund will provide immediate assistance to students who have urgent needs caused by the pandemic; support additional scholarship assistance for incoming and returning students; accelerate innovative programming and technology to enhance our students' learning experiences; and enhance our academic program with a professor of virology and microbiology. Your investment is crucial now. More

 

4/24

KCU Alum Shares Work on COVID-19 Research

Dr. Leonard Calabrese, DO, is renowned in the field of HIV research. Now he is addressing the complexities of COVID19 and offers insights on immunotherapies in Rheumatology, Immunology and COVID-19: The Cytokine Storm and Open Trials.  More

 

4/22

Message from the President: Sharing COVID-19 Perspectives with Broader Audiences

There continues to be much conversation around how long to remain sheltered in place, and when and how we need to work as municipalities, states, regions and a country to be able to re-open our society and economy. However, science must remain our beacon, guiding decisions about how we move forward in our communities, workplaces, university campuses and beyond. More

4/21

FOX4 asked you to share your questions about the coronavirus, and we asked KCU Executive Dean and Vice President of Health Affairs, Dr. Darrin D'Agostino, to answer them. Full Story

 

4/21

Message from the President: Addressing Students' Financial Uncertainty During COVID-19

It has been a priority for Kansas City University to keep the cost of education as low as possible for all of our students, having remained one of the ten least expensive private health science universities (MD or DO) in the nation. Especially now, we recognize the added financial hardships that many of our students and their families are facing because of the COVID-19 pandemic. More

 

4/16

Dr. D’Agostino answers the following questions on FOX4 News:

  • Since the metro area has not seen a huge rush of cases, some on social media are complaining this was all “media hype,” do you think KC has been spared so far due to the extreme measures?
  • How will this impact the future of public health?
  • Can a pregnant woman pass COVID-19 onto an unborn baby?
  • A lot of people are making their own face masks — and some are creating a slot for filters — trying to mimic the ones in n-95 masks. Does this method work?
  • Can COVID-19 be carried through ventilation systems or pipes in apartment buildings?
  • Full Story

 

4/14

Dr. D’Agostino answers the following questions on FOX4 News:

  • Should we all be tested before returning to work — especially since some people don’t show symptoms?
  • Does vaping increase your chances of getting or dying form COVID-19?
  • Is the metro area “bending the curve”? How long after that is decided can the community discontinue social distancing?
  • What is the percentage of younger people dying of COVID-19?
  • Some people are talking about taking zinc, vitamin c, or eating certain foods to ward off COVID-19. Is that helpful?
  • Full Story

 

4/10

Message from the President: A Catalyst for Positive Change

By the time we are freed from the grips of this coronavirus, it will have impacted each of us and changed our lives in untold ways. Most of us will have either lost someone close or know someone who lost a family member, friend or colleague. More

 

4/09

Dr. D’Agostino answers the following questions on FOX4 News:

  • Social distancing is the new normal right now. So if you’ve stayed at home for 3 weeks straight — is it safe to visit with family now?
  • Can I safely have dinner with my extended family or celebrate Easter under new social distancing guidelines?
  • Are COVID-19 cases in Kansas and Missouri still expected to peak around April 19?
  • Full Story

 

4/09

Dr. Darrin D’Agostino, executive dean and public health expert was invited to be part of a special weekly webinar series on COVID-19 sponsored by the Center for Practical Bioethics in Kansas City. Watch his presentation here.

 

4/08

Message from the CFO/COO: COVID-19 Update

We have learned that an external vendor working on our Kansas City campus on Thursday, April 2, has tested positive for COVID-19. More

4/07

Dr. D’Agostino answers the following questions on FOX4 News:

  • Can we get coronavirus from our pets?
  • What are your thoughts about the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine?
  • People are still confused about social distancing. What do you tell your family to do?
  • Full Story

 

4/03

Message from the President: Perhaps a Glimmer of Hope Based Upon Science

As the week comes to a close, I feel cautiously optimistic about our fight against this coronavirus. Science may be starting to show a ray of light on the horizon for our country in turning the corner on this devastating pandemic. More

 

4/02

Op-Ed in Joplin Globe from Dr. Hahn: We Must Continue to Listen to Science

The federal government’s newly established guidelines for social distancing through April 30 are more than just a good idea — they are absolutely essential for bringing the unleashed and rapid spread of the coronavirus under control. More

 

4/02

KCU Executive Dean and Vice President of Health Affairs Dr. Darrin D'Agostino talks about the coronavirus with KODE Channel 12 in Joplin, Missouri. Full Story

 

4/02

KCU Executive Dean and Vice President of Health Affairs Dr. Darrin D'Agostino answers FOX4 viewers' questions about the coronavirus. In the video Dr. D’Agostino answers the following questions:

  • How critical is it to practice social distancing even though Missouri has not issued state-wide stay-at-home order?
  • Missouri's number of cases is expected to peak in May. Why is that?
  • What is the new antibody test we keep hearing about?
  • Should we be wearing masks? And, are those homemade masks helpful?
  • Full Story

 

3/31

KCU Executive Dean and Vice President of Health Affairs Dr. Darrin D'Agostino answers FOX4 viewers' questions about the coronavirus. In the video Dr. D’Agostino answers the following questions:

  • Can coronavirus spread through food from restaurants or the grocery store?
  • Can coronavirus spread through shoes?
  • Will warm weather stop the outbreak?
  • How can you keep coronavirus from spreading through your house if someone tests positive?
  • Full Story

 

3/30

The Joplin Globe: Joplin 3D printing company combats medical supply shortage by producing free protective equipment

The global protective equipment shortage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted a local 3D printing and engineering company to ramp up its printers to create free supplies like face shields for donation to those who need them.

3/27

Message from the President: Alumni, Thank You For All You Do

As our country continues the fight against COVID-19, we recognize that you and your teams are the medical professionals on the front lines of this crisis - the true heroes. More.

 

3/26

KCU Executive Dean and Vice President of Health Affairs, Dr. Darrin D'Agostino explains the difference in symptoms between allergies and COVID-19, and answers other viewer questions about COVID-19. Full Story

 

3/25

Message from the CFO/COO: University Events Update: COVID-19

KCU has extended the date restricting both off-site university-sponsored events and on-campus events to May 31, 2020. Also, until that date, University-sponsored travel will continue to be limited to essential travel between the Kansas City and Joplin campuses.

 

3/24

Television viewers submitted questions regarding the coronavirus via Facebook and KCU Executive Dean and Vice President of Health Affairs Dr. Darrin D'Agostino provided answers. Full Story

 

3/23

Message from the Provost: COVID-19 Update

On March 17, KCU temporarily suspended clinical rotations and transitioned to web-based classroom learning for all students through April 26, 2020. As the situation surrounding the spread of coronavirus evolves, given mandates by local/state authorities and out of consideration for your ability to make travel and living arrangements, the University has made the decision to extend that suspension through the end of the 2020 academic year.

 

3/20

Message from the President: KCU Community Update

Thank you and take care of yourself and those around you as we continue to navigate the many logistical changes in campus operations, curriculum delivery and modification of training.

 

3/19

Message from the Provost and CFO/COO: Important COVID-19 Update

As of March 20, the Kansas City and Joplin campuses will be accessible only to essential personnel until further notice.

 

3/19

Message from the Provost: Academic Schedule Update

KCU has temporarily suspended clinical rotations and transitioned to web-based classroom learning for all students through April 26, 2020.

 

3/13

Message from the President: Preparation, Knowledge and Action

Crisis response begins with an approach that incorporates a dedication to Preparation, Knowledge and Action.

 

3/11

 

3/09

 

3/04

Message from the Provost: COVID-19 Update

KCU has formally activated our Crisis Management Team to monitor and respond to situations as they evolve. Frequently Asked Questions.

 

3/02

KCU's Dr. Darrin D'Agostino, Executive Dean, College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Vice President for Health Affairs addresses concerns about coronavirus with WDAF Fox4 News.

 

2/20

KCU Blog published about Coronavirus.

 

2/17

KCU's Dr. Darrin D'Agostino, Executive Dean, College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Vice President for Health Affairs talks with KSHB Channel 41 about the flu and coronavirus.