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Dear Campus Community,

There have been a lot of changes in a short amount of time, and things are constantly evolving. We’re trying our best to keep you updated and informed as quickly as possible. We appreciate you patience and support.
 
For the latest COVID-19 campus information, please refer to this page and check it daily for updates. Anything urgent will be sent out through an email.
 
We’ve received many questions about why we decided to move nonessential employees off campus and moved all classes online during this pandemic. The reason we made these decisions is to help facilitate social distancing, which will help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

 
Social Distancing is a way to increase the physical distance between people in schools and workplaces, at community events, and other places people gather to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
 
Examples include:
  • Staying at least six feet away from others
  • Reducing and postponing large gatherings and events
  • Keeping everyone (at any age) from gathering in public places
  • Not shaking hands. Instead, bump fists or elbows
  • Staying home when you’re sick
What you can do to help

Stay off campus and out of your workspaces, unless you’ve been identified as essential on-campus personnel.
  • We understand this is frustrating for many. Please know we are taking these precautions to protect our students, staff, and faculty.
  • If you need any equipment or other items from your office to work comfortably at home, please contact your supervisor to arrange a safe way to collect items
Know how COVID-19 spreads (source CDC)
  • There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19
  • The best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure
  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:
    • Between people who are in close contact—less than six feet
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes
  • These droplets can land in the mouth or nose of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs
Take steps to protect others (source CDC)
  • Cover your cough and sneezes with the inside of your elbow or with a tissue
    • Throw used tissues in the trash and wash hands immediately
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick
    • If you are NOT sick, no need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick and they are unable to wear a facemask.
    • Facemasks are in short supply and should be saved for caregivers
  • Clean your hands often with soap for at least 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands
We appreciate your cooperation and patience. Please heed these guidelines to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to keep our campus community safe and well.

Sincerely,
Office of the Chancellor
McMullen Hall, Room 207
406.657.2300