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Get Your Questions Answered About UK and COVID-19 in Facebook Live Session Sept. 3

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 2, 2020) — University of Kentucky medical experts will discuss the current campus landscape as it relates to COVID-19, as well as the institution’s robust, data-driven approach to public health interventions in a Facebook Live event on Thursday, Sept. 3 at noon at

Robert DiPaola, dean of the UK College of Medicine, and Rebecca Dutch, a faculty member in UK’s Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, will provide their expert analysis in the live Q&A. Members of the community are invited to submit questions in advance to

Both DiPaola and Dutch serve on UK’s START team (Screening, Testing and Tracing to Accelerate Restart)—the group of experts that guided the creation of UK’s Playbook for Reinvented Operations. This team of public health scholars, infectious disease experts and clinicians continues to provide guidance for the institution’s testing, tracing and screening protocols.

The Facebook live event will coincide with the release of an expanded dashboard the institution is publishing this week, which will include an expanded set of data points related to the current campus impact of COVID-19. The data dashboard will be updated daily.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion three years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" two years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for four straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.