February 27, 2020
Dear Campus Community,
The Shepherd University Campus Health Task Force is meeting regularly to assess the potential impact of the coronavirus on the campus community. The good health and continued safety of our students, faculty, and staff are of the utmost importance.
While there are currently no reported coronavirus cases at Shepherd or in the state of West Virginia, the task force wishes to remind you of the Centers for Disease Control’s recommended steps to take to protect your health:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including coronavirus. Facemasks would be used by people who show symptoms to prevent the spread of the disease to others.
Spring Break Travel:
As spring break approaches, students, faculty, and staff should be aware that international travel carries possible risks. Even a country not currently experiencing an outbreak could suddenly become a high-risk area, resulting in heightened exposure to the coronavirus and difficulty with departing from or returning to the U.S.
Shepherd strongly recommends not traveling to locations with CDC Level 3 alerts. While Shepherd has not canceled any current or existing study abroad programs, the University shall cancel any programs, even if already under way, at any location for which the CDC sets a warning level 3.
CDC Information Resources:
An informed campus community is the first step in preventing the possible spread of the coronavirus. Future operational procedures will be communicated in as timely a manner as possible via email and web.
Dr. Scott Beard
Holly Morgan Frye
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Emergency Operations Co-Chair
Vice President for Campus Services and Emergency Operations Co-Chair
Members of the Shepherd University Campus Health Task Force