Lewis University Rome Program Students Return Home Early

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Lewis University Rome Program Students Return Home Early

Published: March 1, 2020.

We have been closely monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Italy and communicating with our faculty and students participating in our Lewis University Rome Program at the Lasallian Universities Center for Education (LUCE) in Rome, Italy. At this time, no one in the Lewis University Rome Program has shown signs of illness.

For the spring semester, we have a total of 15 students studying in Rome: 11 from Lewis, two from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, one from Universidad La Salle Pachuca in Mexico, and one from De La Salle University in the Philippines. Their instructors are from Italy, France, and Lewis University.

Out of an abundance of caution, we made the difficult decision to bring home the students and faculty from the Lewis University Rome Program once the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) changed its travel status on Italy to a Level 3 Warning. At that point, the CDC recommended that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to Italy due to widespread community transmission of COVID-19.

Since the health and safety of our students and faculty is our top priority, we are making arrangements for our students and faculty to complete their studies in the United States or respective countries. We are supporting the students and following current CDC recommendations in repatriating our students and faculty with all health, logistics and housing needs. Students are scheduled to begin their return home today.

Following current CDC recommendations, we are asking anyone returning from an impacted area to self-isolate for 14 days to monitor their health and return to campus after remaining symptom free.

On behalf of President Livingston and our entire Lewis community, Id like to express my gratitude and appreciation for the flexibility of impacted students and their families, as well as the inspired leadership and care of program faculty.

As this is an evolving situation we will continue to monitor CDC and Illinois Department of Public Health recommendations and adjust our procedures as necessary. More information about COVID-19 is available at the below websites.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019



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