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Employees: Message from President Hendrix

March 11, 2020

As of March 11, there are no cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) at Shepherd University

Shepherd University’s main campus, the Martinsburg campus, and the Agricultural Innovation Center at Tabler Farm–continue to remain open. We believe the Shepherd campuses are currently safe for students, employees, and visitors. Please be assured that the University is closely monitoring the situation and taking all precautions in dealing with the coronavirus (COVID-19). As we track the spread of this novel coronavirus nationally and globally, we are learning more details about the risk factors as well as patient recoveries.

The Campus Health Task Force, our academic leadership, and administration have been meeting regularly since the news broke in January about the coronavirus (COVID-19), and the University is fully prepared to implement contingency plans for instruction, if necessary. During Spring Break (March 14 through 22), our Facilities team will be deep cleaning and disinfecting all classrooms, residential hall lobbies, and public areas on campus. Please be aware that important information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its potential impact on Shepherd is posted as the leading header on the Institution’s homepage–and is updated daily.

We are working with PEIA and other medical health insurance groups to ensure full payment of medical visits and testing related to the coronavirus. During this challenging time, we thank you for your patience and understanding as we postpone events with large gatherings, restrict travel, and work through the details of providing a quality education for our students while maintaining a healthy environment. As the situation evolves, please stay tuned for further announcements and accommodations. I will provide a further update to the campus community soon regarding our planning for academic instruction.

With best wishes,

Mary J.C. Hendrix