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A timeline of a year in the coronavirus pandemic

  • December 2019

    First case of COVID-19 is identified in
    Wuhan, China

  • Jan. 21

    Jan. 21 First case of COVID-19 in U.S.
    is identified in Washington state

  • Jan. 23

    Wuhan lockdown begins

  • February 2020

    Centers for Disease Control
    and Prevention (CDC) officially
    names COVID-19

  • March 1

    St. Joe’s students studying abroad advised to return to the U.S.

  • March 11

    World Health Organization (WHO) declares COVID-19 a pandemic

  • March 12

    St. Joe’s transfers to fully virtual learning until at least April 9; A-10 Conference cancels all spring sports

  • March 13

    Then U.S. President Donald Trump declares COVID-19 a national emergency

  • March 18

    University announces the rest of the semester will continue fully virtual

  • March 31

    Class of 2020 commencement is canceled

  • April 1

    Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, implements statewide stay-at-home order; university announces “a few” probable cases of COVID-19 on campus

  • May 26

    George Floyd is killed launching a wave of protests throughout the U.S.

  • May 28

    U.S. COVID-19 deaths hit 100,000

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  • June 8

    National Bureau of Economic Research declares that the U.S. economy is in a recession

  • June 15

    Food and Drug Administration revokes the emergency authorization to use hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 patients, citing there are no benefits to its use

  • July 22

    The U.S. strikes a deal with Pfizer and BioNTech for the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine

  • Sept. 18

    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies of complications with metastatic pancreatic cancer

  • Sept. 22

    The U.S. surpasses 200,000 deaths due to COVID-19

  • Sept. 22

    The university begins mandatory surveillance testing

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  • Oct. 26

    Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court

  • Oct. 26

    Two Philadelphia police officers fatally shoot Walter Wallace Jr., a 27-year-old Black man

  • Oct. 26

    Philadelphia experiences a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases throughout October, one month after the city hit its lowest rate of new cases

  • Nov. 7

    The Associated Press calls Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the next president and vice president

  • Nov. 25

    Thanksgiving Break begins and many students leave campus for the year

  • Nov. 39

    Classes resume virtually for the remainder of the fall 2020 semester

  • Dec. 12

    The fall 2020 semester comes to a close marking the first full semester of mixed-modality classes

  • Jan 6

    Supporters of Donald Trump storm the U.S. Capitol in a violent attempt to stop proceedings certifying Joe Biden as the winner of the presidential election; five people died

  • Jan 13

    The university announces that entry testing for the spring semester will be required for all undergraduate students and highly recommended for other community members

  • Jan 19

    Philadelphia adds Phase 1b groups as eligible for vaccination

  • Jan. 21

    Pennsylvania surpasses 20,000 deaths

  • Jan. 25

    The first day of classes of the spring 2021 semester take place

  • Feb 5

    Campus dining options open with limited capacity

  • Feb. 10

    St. Joe’s announces it has signed a letter of intent to merge with the University of the Sciences

  • Feb. 22-28

    Philadelphia surpasses 100,000 people fully vaccinated

  • March 12

    The university announces that it will hold an in-person commencement ceremony for the Class of 2021 on May 22

  • March 25

    Pennsylvania surpasses one million COVID-19 cases

  • March 31

    St. Joe’s announces that it anticipates it will be able “to significantly expand upon our onground courses and operations for the fall of 2021”

  • April 16

    All adults in Philadelphia are eligible to be vaccinated

  • April 26 – May 2

    500,000 Philadelphians are vaccinated

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