Community Email, February 27, 2020

Students, faculty and staff members:

With the global spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the GVSU Incident Management Team has shared resources to help you prepare for a safe spring break week.

GVSU leaders are proactively coordinating with both the Ottawa and Kent county public health departments, GVSU health centers, the Office of the Vice Provost for Health, Padnos International Center and state and federal agencies as it relates to the health and well-being of our campus community.

This means monitoring travel warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of State. These warnings have, so far, impacted Grand Valley study abroad programs in China and South Korea. (More information here.)

Within your travels next week, you may be connecting through international airports. To avoid being exposed to the coronavirus, or the common flu, listed below are precautions recommended by the CDC and listed on the GVSU Emergency Page.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • 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.

The GVSU Family Health Center and the Metro Health Campus Health Center have implemented additional screening for anyone who has recently traveled internationally.

Students who are worried about family or friends abroad can connect with staff members at the University Counseling Center; faculty and staff members can contact Encompass, the employee assistance program.

Thank you, 
GVSU Incident Management Team



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