Global, national and local milestones during the COVID-19 outbreak

12/31/19

Officials in Wuhan, China, confirm treating dozens of cases of pneumonia from an unknown cause.


1/7/20

Chinese authorities determine outbreak is result of a new coronavirus.


1/21/20

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announces the first confirmed case of coronavirus in United States.


1/30/20

The World Health Organization (WHO) declares the outbreak a global public health emergency as more than 9,800 cases reported worldwide.


1/31/20

President Donald Trump bans entry into the U.S. of foreign nationals who have traveled to China within the past 14 days.


1/31/20

KU restricts institution-related travel to China for faculty, staff and students.


2/11/20

The WHO announces that the disease caused by the new coronavirus will be known officially as COVID-19.


2/24/20

KU begins suspending study abroad in countries classified as Warning-Level 3 by the CDC, including China, Iran, South Korea and Italy.


2/29/20

The U.S. records its first coronavirus death; Trump administration issues more travel restrictions.


3/2/20

KU suspends all institution-related travel to and from countries or regions with a Level 3 advisory from the CDC or a Level 4 advisory from the U.S. Department of State; leaders urge students to reconsider spring break travel.


3/5/20

KU establishes spring break guidelines for travel (March 9-15).


3/7/20

First case of COVID-19 reported in Kansas.


3/11/20

The WHO declares the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic.


3/11/20

KU delays resumption of in-person classes until March 23; campus remains open; University events limited to no more than 50 people until May 11.


3/11/20

NCAA says NCAA Tournament will be played without fans; with fans already in Sprint Center for 6 p.m. game, Big 12 announces that after today, tourney will be closed to fans, cheerleaders and bands.


3/12/20

Big 12 cancels men’s and women’s basketball tournaments and suspends all other championships until April 15.


3/12/20

Alumni Association cancels official alumni events nationwide, Adams Alumni Center events, and staff business travel outside Kansas and Missouri.

3/12/20

The NCAA cancels the men’s and women’s college basketball tournaments and all remaining championships.


3/12/20

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly declares state of disaster emergency.


3/14/20

KU issues self-isolation guidelines for those who have traveled and discourages students from returning to campus, although it remains open.


3/15/20

The CDC recommends postponement or cancellation of in-person events consisting of 50 people or more for the next eight weeks.


3/17/20

Gov. Kelly issues executive order temporarily prohibiting mass gatherings of more than 50 people and temporarily closing K-12 schools.


3/17/20

First confirmed case of COVID-19 reported in Douglas County.


3/17/20

Lawrence and Edwards campus instruction moves online for remainder of spring semester; limitations set for on-campus housing operations; KU urges students who have not returned to campus to remain where they are—and encourages all employees to work remotely.


3/20/20

KU suspends all non-essential research activities on Lawrence and Edwards campuses; campus buildings locked.


3/24/20

Gov. Kelly issues executive order temporarily prohibiting mass gatherings of more than 10 people.


3/26/20

Deaths in the U.S. pass 1,000 and confirmed cases rise to more than 80,000.


3/27/20

President Trump signs a $2 trillion coronavirus economic stimulus bill.


3/28/20

Gov. Kelly issues executive order establishing a statewide stay-at-home order.


4/1/20

KU offers credit/no credit grading option for students; period to withdraw from 16-week courses extended to May 4.


4/2/20

Coronavirus cases worldwide surpass 1 million, with more than 51,000 deaths globally; nearly 10 million Americans out of work.


4/2/20

KU postpones Commencement to late summer or early fall, implements hiring and salary freezes, discontinues business-related travel within KS and MO, and advises students to plan for online-only summer courses.


4/9/20

KU to receive $15 million from federal stimulus package; half is designated for students.


4/15/20

Gov. Kelly extends stay-at-home order to May 3.


4/23/20

KU distributes nearly $7.6 million in federal stimulus funds to students in need.


4/27/20

Nearly 40 KU leaders take 10% pay cuts to generate more than $573,000 in savings.


4/30/20

Gov. Kelly introduces plan to reopen state.


5/1/20

KU announces plans to gradually restore campus operations, beginning with essential research.


5/3/20

Statewide stay-at-home order expires.


5/27/20

Cases in U.S. = 1,701,552
Deaths in U.S. = 100,046
Cases in Kansas = 9,427
Deaths in Kansas = 206
Cases in Douglas County = 63