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Dec. 31, 2019

China reported a cluster of cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, Hubei Province. A novel coronavirus was eventually identified.


Jan. 13, 2020

Officials confirm a case of COVID-19 in Thailand, the first recorded case outside of China.

Jan. 21, 2020

First case of COVID-19 in the US: a man in Washington state who had traveled to Wuhan.

Jan. 31, 2020

First case of COVID-19 in Santa Clara County.


February 4, 2020

Stanford University institutes travel restrictions to China with mandatory two-week self-isolation upon return.

February 26, 2020

Stanford includes South Korea in travel restrictions.

February 26, 2020

February 28, 2020

Stanford extends travel restrictions to include Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, Iran, and Italy.


March 3, 2020

Stanford recommends university units to cancel or postpone events they are hosting between March 4 and April 15 that involve more than 150 participants and institutues more frequent cleaning on common areas and commonly touched surfaces.

March 4, 2020

Stanford restricts all university-sponsored international travel and recommends against university-sponsored domestic travel as well as all personal travel both international and domestic.

March 5, 2020

Stanford Surgery moves to a skeleton crew in administrative offices, encouraging as many to work from home who can.

March 6, 2020

Stanford Hospital announces it is caring for COVID-19 patients.

March 9, 2020

March 10, 2020

Stanford Surgery hosts first COVID-19 Town Hall Meeting.

Division of Clinical Anatomy puts body donations on hold until further notice.

Spring Quarter classes moved online.

March 12, 2020

Stanford Surgery implements the CDC guidelines that recommend canceling all elective cases.

March 13, 2020

March 16, 2020

Bay Area institutes shelter-in-place order, the nation's first.

March 18, 2020

First Stanford Surgery virtual fellowship interview takes place.

March 26, 2020

Stanford Surgery Chair Dr. Mary Hawn Hosts StanfordMed Virtual Town Hall

– Stanford Medicine

Virtual Town Hall on COVID-19

March 31, 2020

March 26, 2020


April 6, 2020

April 10, 2020

– News Center

Test for antibodies against novel coronavirus developed at Stanford Medicine

The new test screens for antibodies to the virus in plasma, the liquid in blood, to provide information about a person’s immune response to an infection.

April 16, 2020

Department Chair Dr. Mary Hawn describes our "thoughtful reintroduction of elective surgeries" at the Stanford Medicine Town Hall on COVID-19.

April 17, 2020

– The White House

Opening Up America Again | The White House

President Trump has unveiled Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, a three-phased approach based on the advice of public health experts.

April 21, 2020

– Los Angeles Times

Autopsies reveal first confirmed U.S. coronavirus deaths occurred in California in February

Coronavirus: Autopsies reveal the first confirmed U.S. COVID-19 deaths occurred in Bay Area in February.

April 22, 2020

– NBC Bay Area

California to Resume Scheduled Surgeries Amid Outbreak

California Gov. Gavin Newsom loosened the state’s stay-at-home order on Wednesday to let hospitals resume scheduled surgeries, the first step toward reopening the nation’s most populous state that has been shut down for more than a month because of the coronavirus pandemic.


May 4, 2020

– Surgery

Stanford Resumes Elective Surgeries

PORT has quickly put into place the processes to safely proceed with all surgical procedures at Stanford hospitals and ambulatory sites by Monday, May 4.

May 26, 2020

Medical students resume surgical clerkships


June 6, 2020

All Stanford Surgery Wet Labs reopen in Stage 1. 

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