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Campus Health Task Force Message

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:

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:

The CDC website provides extensive information about the coronavirus, worldwide situation updates, and travel information.

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

Jack Shaw
Vice President for Campus Services and Emergency Operations Co-Chair

Members of the Shepherd University Campus Health Task Force