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Duke implemented an innovative approach for surveillance testing in August 2020 as a way to quickly identify COVID-19 cases and mitigate its spread on campus before widespread vaccination was available. The results of the program allowed Duke to return to a residential student experience and in-person instruction more quickly and more safely than many other schools.

When the Omicron variant arrived in late 2021, it presented with an increase in transmissibility and reduction in the incubation period and infection duration, which required Duke to revise some of its policies, such as reducing the length of isolation. Once the faculty modeling team updated its model with these new characteristics, it determined that asymptomatic testing for Omicron in an extensively vaccinated campus community did not substantially reduce infections on campus as compared to symptomatic testing alone. Although infections have been elevated since the start of the semester, university policies on vaccinations and boosters have largely prevented serious disease associated with Omicron infection.  

Duke university has established a number of working groups to prepare for every aspect of Duke’s return to campus.  These working groups have included numerous individuals from across the university and Health System, and have focused on health and safety, academic policies, residential life, laboratories and research, athletics, financial issues and other areas.  Team 2021, co-chaired by vice president for administration Kyle Cavanaugh and executive vice provost Jennifer Francis, has coordinated the activities of these working groups and provided recommendations and options to President Price and the university leadership for consideration and action.

Duke’s highest priority has been the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and community. We have relied on Duke experts in infectious diseases, epidemiology, environmental health and testing, as well as the latest research and best practices and our experience with the continuous operation of our hospitals and clinics, to devise our policies and protocols for campus. We will continuously assess all our public health measures to ensure that the Duke campus is as safe as possible.

If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 contact Student Health (for students) or Employee Health (for faculty and staff) for further guidance.

The university is continuously monitoring campus, local, state and national trends and will adjust policies and operations as needed to protect the health and safety of the Duke community.

Daily symptom monitoring is no longer required for activation of the DukeCard for faculty and staff who have been fully vaccinated. Those who have not been fully vaccinated must continue submitting daily symptom monitoring and complete required surveillance testing each week for activation of their DukeCards.

Yes. Everyone called for surveillance testing should still participate as scheduled, regardless of vaccination status. 

Building HVAC systems are a low risk method of transmission. The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the CDC have identified a number of strategies that could improve indoor air quality (IAQ) and reduce the chance of viral spread in a building’s HVAC system. These strategies fall into two broad categories: Filtration and Ventilation.

The university has several types of buildings, varying widely in size, age and complexity. Consequently, there are many different types of HVAC systems in the buildings. These systems include central air, fan- coil units, small split systems and unitary appliances. Our building HVAC systems are maintained on preventative maintenance schedules for optimum performance and reliability, but not all of the strategies listed above can be applied equally to our varied buildings and HVAC systems. Best practices for preventing the spread of COVID remain to vaccinate, monitor symptoms as well as to practice social distancing, hand hygiene, masking and surface cleaning.

Below is additional information as it relates to the two strategies and how FMD has integrated them into our HVAC systems.


MERV13 filters are recommended. For many years MERV13 has been the Duke University standard for new construction and major renovation projects. Additionally, FMD continues to review existing equipment and install MERV13 filters in existing buildings wherever the equipment will accept them. That said, there a plenty of older buildings that have lower MERV filters that cannot accept more efficient filters without major modifications or replacing the equipment entirely. Where possible, MERV13 have been installed in the buildings’ HVAC systems.


The primary objective of this strategy is dilution. Increasing circulation or air changes does not necessarily increase dilution. Only increasing outside air (OA) and mixing it with air recirculating in the building increases dilution. Wherever building systems permit and outdoor air conditions allow, FMD has increased OA ventilation.

For general information on Duke’s response to COVID-19, the best way to keep updated with this very dynamic and evolving situation is to visit the Student Affairs FAQ.

The International House has also composed the following list of helpful links:

More information and guidelines for laboratories and research activity at Duke is available at the following sites: 

Duke Libraries have implemented new policies and procedures to make resources available to the Duke community in the safest way possible. Read more about Duke Libraries Coronavirus Response and find answers to Frequently Asked Questions.