COVID-19 Update - March 5, 2020

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COVID-19 Update - March 5, 2020

Published: March 5, 2020.

As we all prepare for a restful and safe Spring Break, I wanted to update you on our university’s efforts to keep our community healthy.

  • Our staff is working with our students and faculty that were participating in the Lewis University Rome Program at the Lasallian Universities Center for Education (LUCE) in Rome, Italy as they repatriate to their home countries. We are supporting the students and faculty with health, logistics and off-campus housing needs that follow current Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations and Will County Health Department guidance.
  • Our Emergency Planning Team is reviewing, updating, and implementing emergency operations plans that would apply to the COVID-19 response on our Illinois campuses. We are collaborating with Will County Health Department and Illinois Department of Public Health.
  • We have collaborated with our custodial services to provide enhanced environmental cleaning of our campuses.
  • Although there are no cases of COVID-19 in New Mexico at this time, our Albuquerque team is in communication with local public health officials and following their guidance.
  • We will continue to update our students, faculty and staff with emails and information on as new information and guidance becomes available from public health officials. 

We encourage everyone to still follow the guidance of the CDC in practicing healthy habits that can prevent the spread of COVID-19, among other illnesses.

  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Use cough and sneeze etiquette and hand hygiene
  • Clean your hands often with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60-95% alcohol, or wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

We understand that many people have made travel plans during Spring Break. Attached is guidance from the Will County Health Department and Illinois Department of Health for all travelers returning from a country experiencing widespread community transmission of COVID-19.

We also encourage you to follow the CDC guidance on travel during this time:

  • Check the CDC’s Traveler’s Health Notices for the latest guidance and recommendations for each country to which you will travel. Specific travel information for travelers going to and returning from areas of widespread COVID-19 transmission can be found at on the CDC website.
  • Check yourself for symptoms of acute respiratory illness before starting travel.
  • If you become sick while traveling, promptly call your healthcare provider for guidance.

Thanks and Stay Healthy!

Dr. Christopher Sindt

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