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Message from the President - April 3, 2020
Perhaps a Glimmer of Hope Based Upon Science

If we look at where COVID-19 erupted and was then brought under control in other parts of the world - China, South Korea, Singapore and perhaps starting in Italy - and analyze the caseload growth curves, they can tell the story of where the U.S. may be heading. Looking at how the virus progressed and when the spread began to flatten in other countries is our best story of hope.

We know that left unchecked, without any forces brought to bear against it (such as "social" or "physical" distancing), the virus spreads exponentially, with the number of cases doubling at a steady rate. However, to truly know if we're starting to be the slightest bit successful, we must look beyond the growth of new confirmed cases. This sharp upward trajectory looks absolutely frightening, with no apparent end in sight.

It is more meaningful to look at the growth plotted logarithmically. Logarithmic scales emphasize the rate of change in a way that linear scales do not. Early deviations within the exponential spread of the virus become easier to discern. When viewed this way, you can begin to see where the curve may actually be starting to flatten or plateau, which demonstrates a point where the pandemic is starting to slow in a specific region. When we look at the U.S. cases logarithmically, we can see that perhaps our country may be starting to bend the curve. The next few days will be important, but perhaps this may be the start of our glimmer of hope.

The two online resources I watch daily to follow what is happening with our U.S. pandemic curve and how it compares to other countries are the Johns Hopkins CSSE website and the Information is Beautiful website. I encourage you to check these regularly. You can compare graphs showing both the sheer growth in the number of cases and logarithmic representations for the U.S. and other countries, as well see other meaningful data on the COVID-19 virus.

These data are encouraging me to believe that we may be able to pull out of this crisis through good public health practices (physical distancing, isolating confirmed cases, quarantining their contacts, hand washing, etc.). We'll likely know more with the next 3 to 5 days of data.

In the meantime, for our KCU community and for all of society, we must continue to have hope, embrace science and protect one another. And we must remain committed to public health best practices and continue to shelter in place. Once again, I wish to thank our KCU team who are dedicated to continuing our Mission, Vision and Values; in many ways it has been a miraculous transformation of our academic and business operations in short order. Most importantly, thank you to our faculty and staff on the frontlines of this pandemic - you are the heroes.

I have no doubt our lives will again become normal, but it will be a "new normal." I wish everyone a restful weekend full of hope for the future.

Yours truly,

Marc B. Hahn, DO
President and Chief Executive Officer


Coronavirus Questions Answered

April 2, 2020 - Should we be wearing masks? Are homemade masks helpful? Dr. D'Agostino answers viewers' coronavirus questions


KCU COVID-19 Response Timeline

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

 

4/03

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

 

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?

 

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?

 

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.

 

3/27

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.

 

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.

 

3/23

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.

 

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.