NHERI Response
to COVID-19

Policies and Guidelines for Coronavirus


NHERI Research activities continue at this time. For more information check the table information and appropriate links to the institutions.

The status will be updated as more information is available, and for more information contact the appropriate facility or component contacts listed at the webpage of designsafe-ci.org.

Updated as of June 16, 8:30AM EDT

The NHERI program will continue to monitor the situation and update policies for NHERI program activities to protect the health and safety of researchers, facility staff, and the public in accordance with guidelines set by government agencies, the National Science Foundation, and local facility administration.

NHERI Facility Current Status / Restrictions
Network Coordination Office, Purdue University NCO activities continue remotely at this time and at least until June 30. In accordance with the Indiana Governor and Purdue University's leadership, we will begin following the phased approach to re-open research operations.  Currently we are in Phase 1 of the plan, in which the NCO will continue operating remotely.  Purdue University has requested that all faculty and staff currently working from home continue to do so until July 1.

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Computational Modeling and Simulation Center (SimCenter), University of California, Berkeley The NHERI SimCenter is continuing operations at this time. In accordance with University and local requirements, workshops and in-person events are postponed until further notice. Shelter-in-place orders necessitate many personnel work remotely, so the SimCenter Forum remains the best way for users to interact with the Development Team. Software deployed to run at DesignSafe is operating.

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Cyberinfrastructure (DesignSafe), University of Texas, Austin Service for the DesignSafe web portal and user support staff continue. Plans in place for staff to work remotely and continue to do so until the Universty of Texas allows for a return to the office.. DesignSafe-CI continues to be under a travel ban.  Research activities continue at this time.

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Experimental Facility, University of California, Davis The UC Davis NHERI EF has begun to conduct limited research operations, in accordance with their plan to ramp up operations that has been approved by their University authorities. They will operate in accordance with all University, local, state, and federal guidelines to ensure the safety of their staff and researchers.

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Experimental Facility, University California, San Diego The UCSD NHERI EF is not supporting any testing due to the 6-DOF upgrade of the shake table. Due to risks associated with COVID-19, visitors are currently not allowed. However, NHERI@UCSD personnel is available to communicate and answer questions about the facility, especially with potential future users of the facility.

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Experimental Facility (RAPID), University of Washington The RAPID Facility Headquarters is currently closed with all staff working remotely. Users can continue to access the RAPID team via email, phone, and the DesignSafe Slack Channel. Support for post-processing data and assistance with project planning are available.

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Experimental Facility, Lehigh University While research activities continue at this time, the research facilities are closed, including the Lehigh NHERI EF effective March 20, 2020 until further notice. Researchers can continue to access their data and software to do post-processing, and to perform numerical simulations, but NHERI experiments cannot be conducted until the laboratory is reopened. Facility professional PIs and professional staff continue to work remotely to support users of the facility and are available via e-mail, teleconferencing and telephone.

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Experimental Facility, Oregon State University All non-essential travel is suspended.  As of March 23, the Governor of Oregon issued a ‘stay at home’ order for residents, and consequently Oregon State University has ordered all non-essential personnel to work from home. OSU NHERI EF is not conducting testing during this period, all non-essential travel is supsended, and all classes are being held remotely.

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Experimental Facility, University of Texas, Austin NHERI@UTexas Facility has opened to limited, local field testing, though all personnel are working remotely.

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Experimental Facility, University of Florida Access to the University is limited to essential staff.  The EF is not currently supporting testing; however, EF staff are working remotely to continue to support user needs.

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Experimental Facility, Florida International University Summer A and C online and remote only; Remote work continues.  Face to face events canceled through at least July 1.

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CONVERGE, University of Colorado, Boulder The CU Boulder campus has gone "virtual" for the duration of the Spring 2020 semester and Summer 2020 session. All campus-sponsored events are canceled / postponed until further notice. All international as well as domestic travel is suspended. All CONVERGE team members are working remotely until further notice. The July 12-15 Natural Hazards Workshop and July 15-16 Researchers Meeting will likely be held virtually.

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What is COVID-19?

From the Center for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 factsheet (PDF):

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

The virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source, but is now spreading from person to person. The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Some patients have pneumonia in both lungs, multi-organ failure and in some cases death.

More information about the disease including mitigation strategies, outbreak reports, and risk assessments can be found at the CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 website.

Tracking COVID-19

Researchers at John Hopkins University have created a frequently updated dashboard for visualizing the current state of the outbreak, using the latest data from a variety of sources including the World Health Organization (WHO), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), and the National Health Commission of China.


NOTE: This visualization website is not affiliated with the NHERI program.