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March 2 - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Campus Update 2

In light of the recent cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) being diagnosed in Rhode Island, Salve Regina University will be sending frequent updates to community members. A web page has also been established at https://salve.edu/coronavirusthat will be amended regularly as new information is received and courses of action are determined.  This is a fluid situation in terms of diagnosis and recommended protocols from outside agencies. The University is committed to keeping students, faculty, staff and parents informed, and is implementing more ways to do so throughout the upcoming days.

 

Please know that Salve Regina continues to follow guidance from the Rhode Island Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, and the World Health Organization in relation to Coronavirus (COVID-19).  A campus response plan has been prepared and is in progress.  The leadership team has also met and will continue to meet on a regular basis. Currently, there is no identified risk to members of the Salve Regina campus community. 

 

COVID-19 is an upper-respiratory virus strain that manifests with similar symptoms as the flu and in most cases, healthy individuals recover after a brief period of sickness. Out of caution, any student with a fever (temperature above 100.4 F/38 C), significant respiratory issues (cough, difficulty breathing) and travel to impacted areas within the prior 14 days should seek evaluation at Health Services.

At this time we ask that only students requiring medical attention for standard illnesses or suspected COVID-19 cases call or email Health Services at (401) 341-2904 or healthservices@salve.edu.

Please contact Health Services before your arrival so that an appointment may be scheduled to minimize wait times. 

Other inquiries will be addressed via the website https://salve.edu/coronavirus and a campus hotline that is in the process of being established.

Faculty and staff should consult with their local primary care provider.

 

Because human coronaviruses most commonly spread through respiratory droplets, all community members are reminded to take the same measures that healthcare providers recommend annually to prevent the spread of the flu and other viruses.

  • Get your flu shot, and make sure the people around you do the same.
  • Wash your hands often throughout the day. Use warm water and soap. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand gel.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow. Viruses can spread by coughing or sneezing on other people or into your hands.
  • Stay home from work or school if you are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious foods.
  • Keep surfaces (especially bedside tables, surfaces in the bathroom, and toys for children) clean by wiping them down with a household disinfectant.

 

For anyone planning travel during spring break, we do strongly recommend that you avoid travel to areas impacted by Coronavirus (COVID-19) and to take the standard precautions to avoid illness. 

For the latest information, visit the CDC’s novel coronavirus website or visit the World Health Organization (WHO) website for extensive information on the virus and tips for staying healthy. We will continue to monitor communications on COVID-19 and provide additional information as the break draws closer.

 

For the latest information regarding the cases of COVID-19 in Rhode Island please visithttps://health.ri.gov/diseases/respiratory/?parm=163

People with questions about COVID-19 can call 401-222-8022.