Timeline of CCLCM response

Dec. 31, 2019 (NBC)

Chinese officials in Wuhan, China, confirm dozens of cases of pneumonia from an unknown cause.

Jan. 9, 2020 (Wiki)

The WHO issues a statement naming the disease as a new coronavirus.

Jan. 21, 2020 (NBC)

The United States announces its first confirmed coronavirus case — a man in Washington state.

Jan. 24, 2020

CCLCM sends its first communication sent to students that focuses on teaching them basic science about coronaviruses and their transmission.

Feb. 11, 2020

CCLCM establishes policies for the use of sanitzer and wipes in classrooms. CCLCM stocks each room with both.

Feb. 29, 2020 (NBC)

The United States records its first coronavirus death.

March 9, 2020 (Wiki)

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine declares a state of emergency after Ohio reports its first cases of COVID-19.

March 10, 2020

CCLCM PBL courses go virtual.

March 13, 2020 (CNN)

President Trump declares a national emergency.

March 16, 2020

CCLCM holds first COVID-19-related virtual Town Hall. All faculty, students and employees are invited to attend. Town Halls continue daily through mid-June, when they begin being held several times a week.

March 16, 2020

CCLCM pulls students from clinical rotations and a virtual clinical curriculum is implemented.

March 17, 2020

Virtual Radiology – Shetal N. Shah, MD, presents “Radiology Head To Toe Capstone,” the first Capstone course to transition to an online format.

March 19, 2020

CCLCM students organize Telemedicine Virtual Exams– telemedicine experiences for other medical students.

March 22, 2020 (Ideastream)

Ohio issues “Stay at home” order.

March 23, 2020

The Cleveland Clinic Research Registry starts and CCLCM student body submit 40 proposals.

March 25, 2020

CCLCM students create Educational Resources to help train Cleveland Clinic’s frontline caregivers.

March 26, 2020 (AJMC)

Senate passes CARES Act

April 14, 2020 (CNN)

President Trump announces he is halting funding to WHO.

April 15, 2020

A temporary surge hospital, dubbed Hope Hospital, is constructed inside the Samson Pavilion of the Health Education Campus. The hospital holds 327 beds to treat low-acuity COVID-19 patients who are not on ventilators. The temporary hospital can accommodate up to 1,000 patients if needed.

April 29, 2020 (AJMC)

NIH trial shows early promise for Remdesivir.

April 23, 2020 (Wiki)

Ohio Governor DeWine shares additional details on how the state will re-open. Phase one of the re-opening begins on May 1.

May 1, 2020 (Wiki)

In Ohio, a “Stay Healthy and Safe at Home” order replaces the previous stay-at-home order. Starting May 1, medical procedures that do not require an overnight stay in a hospital can proceed.

May 19, 2020 (Wiki)

Ohio Governor DeWine announces an “Urgent Health Advisory: Ohioans protecting Ohioans” order.

June 1, 2020

CCLCM students reintegrate into their clinical rotations.

June 8, 2020 (CNN)

New Zealand Prime Minister announces that almost all coronavirus restrictions in New Zealand will be lifted after the country reported no active cases.

June 24, 2020

Dismantling of Hope Hospital begins, thanks to aggressive public health measures in Ohio to contain the pandemic. The space will revert back to the Health Education Campus in time for students to return in the fall, though some hospital infrastructure will remain in the event of a future patient surge.

July 6, 2020

A hybrid of live and virtual orientation for new students begins. Orientation is a one-week affair, culminating in the White Coat Ceremony.

July 12, 2020

This year’s White Coat Ceremony is held outside on Freiberger Field, on the CWRU campus. CCLCM students receive their white Cleveland Clinic coats and stood, six feet apart, with their CWRU University Program classmates to recite the Oath of Professionalism they wrote together.