Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Updated August 3, 2020

At this time, Rosalind Franklin University has reported 17 confirmed cases of coronavirus.

The university is closely monitoring the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, with careful attention to recommendations from our local and state health departments and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Our top priority is the health and safety and well-being of our community.

We will continue updating RFU students, faculty and staff through our existing communication channels as well as posting updates to this site.

Contact Information

If you have any questions not addressed on this page, please direct your inquiries as follows:

Recent Communications

Read the latest updates, including:

Coronavirus Research Guidelines


People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

Children have similar symptoms to adults and generally have mild illness.

This list is not all inclusive. Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

Preventative Actions

We all need to take "everyday preventive actions" to prevent the spread of illness - remember the "3 C's" - Clean, Cover, Contain:


  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.


  • Cover cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • If no tissue is available, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.


  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

For more information, please visit the CDC page about protecting yourself from COVID-19.