Dear Members of the Villanova Community:
As spring break comes to a close, I wanted to provide you with an update regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the preventative measures we are taking to protect the health and safety of our University community.
As you are aware, the coronavirus continues to spread rapidly across the world, with approximately 77 countries now affected. In the US, there are a number of states with confirmed COVID-19 cases. We are working closely with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and our local county health department, and we are continually monitoring updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
The University’s emergency preparedness team is meeting regularly and is carefully monitoring the spread of COVID-19 at home and abroad. The team is also creating contingency plans for various scenarios and will put these plans into action should they become necessary.
Villanova students studying abroad in Italy have returned home and were instructed not to return to campus for 14 days as they monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19. University staff is in close contact with our study abroad partners around the world and will make determinations about bringing additional students home from our other study abroad sites.
For all students, faculty or staff who have traveled to a CDC Level 2 or Level 3 country (as of today: Japan, Italy, China, Iran and South Korea) for any reason in the last two weeks, we are instituting the following precautions:
After spring break, if any student is not feeling well, he/she should immediately call the Student Health Center (open 24/7) to make an appointment. For any faculty or staff member who becomes ill, we ask you to be in contact as soon as possible with your primary care physician.
Even though the risk of the virus spreading to the University community remains low, we are taking measures to ensure as best we can that our campus is protected. These measures include:
As another reminder, you can reduce the risk of spreading respiratory viruses like COVID-19 by doing the following:
We will continue to provide updates to all faculty, staff, students and their families as needed. Additional information and communication on the coronavirus can be found on our Student Health Center’s website. For any questions, please contact the Student Health Center at 610-519-4070 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We understand this is an unsettling situation as new information emerges on a daily basis. Please know we are doing everything we can at Villanova to protect the health and well-being of our community members here on campus and abroad, and we urge you do to your part as well.
Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA