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 13, 2020
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.
Wellness is integrated into the CCLCM curriculum, and numerous wellness resources are made available to students to encourage wellness.
Social Wellness Committee coordinates much-needed wellness activities for students, while following social distancing and masking protocols.
Sept. 25, 2020 (Wiki)
The U.S. passed 7 million COVID-19 cases.
Sept. 28, 2020
Years 1 and 2 in-person Anatomy restarted.
Oct. 2, 2020 (CNN)
President Trump announces that he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for Covid-19. He spends three nights at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center receiving treatment before returning to the White House.
Oct. 6, 2020
Physical Diagnosis and Communication Skills training is held in-person, while following social distancing and PPE protocols with use of small groups (using manikins). A new teaching format is also implemented (one preceptor plus manikin plus two students in the room, with two watching from the doorways).
Nov. 11, 2020
Governor DeWine reissues Ohio’s mask order and issues new social gathering order.
Dec. 1, 2020 (CNBC)
The CDC recommends that healthcare personnel and residents in long-term care facilities should be the first groups to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Dec. 2, 2020 (New York Times)
The UK becomes the first country to approve emergency use of the COVID-19 vaccine co-developed by Pfizer, following its final trial results showing 95% efficacy.
Dec. 4, 2020
A group of students tuned in for a virtual wellness event with breakout groups focused on culinary medicine, physical activity, sleep, yoga and mindfulness meditation, each led by a Cleveland Clinic expert. Students chose which breakout group they were interested in participating in, with the goal of building healthy habits.
Dec. 8, 2020 (CNN)
Thousands of British citizens receive the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine.
Dec. 9, 2020 (Wall Street Journal)
Canada approves use of the Pfizer vaccine and expects to begin vaccinations as early as next week.