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March 9 - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Campus Update 4

Salve Regina University continues to monitor communication and review guidelines from the Rhode Island Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19). Additionally, our leadership team is reviewing policies and practices put in place by sister institutions across the nation. The situation remains very fluid and decisions are being made daily.

Please continue to monitor email for frequent updates or view the University’s web page at salve.edu/coronavirus. Additionally, a messaging hotline has been established at 401-341-2329. This hotline is for non-medical questions that may or may not also be currently addressed on the web site or through digital communications.

As noted previously, the strategies determined to be most effective in managing issues of this nature fall into three categories: Community Protective Measures, Personal Protective Measures, and Environmental Protective Measures. Below please find the latest information pertaining to Salve Regina.

COMMUNITY PROTECTIVE MEASURES

On Friday, Governor Gina Raimondo issued a letter to higher education school officials asking that all organized international trips be cancelled. Salve Regina has responded to this request by cancelling University-sponsored trips abroad during the upcoming spring break, as well as some University-sponsored domestic trips to states where health emergencies have been declared. Travel restrictions can change daily, and every effort will be made to communicate updates as soon as possible.

Study Abroad

Salve Regina personnel are in direct contact with students who are in study abroad programs. At this time, only those students studying in Italy have been directed home. The University has requested that these students remain off-campus in their permanent residence to complete their courses remotely as hosted by their specific program centers. They will not be housed on campus.

The University continues to monitor the numbers and situations in other countries and has plans ready for implementation should other students be advised to return to the United States. Students have been informed of these pending possibilities separately.

Spring Break

The University continues to review all Salve Regina-sponsored activities during the upcoming break and has adjusted those that included international travel or conferences to states where emergencies have been declared. 

Personal Travel During Spring Break: The University is following recommendations from the CDC and the state of Rhode Island in asking that any community members who travel to high risk areas despite warnings against non-essential travel be under self-quarantine upon return from China, Italy, South Korea, Iran, Japan or Hong Kong.

Salve Regina also strongly recommends against all international travel during this period. The University asks that anyone who does travel to non-risk areas for personal reasons during spring break be overly diligent with personal protective measures and to contact their healthcare provider as well as University Health Services should they have any influenza-like symptoms upon return.

Salve Regina also recommends avoiding domestic travel to states or regions where health emergencies have been declared or community spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is known. Again, due diligence with personal protective measures is requested.

Please be aware that if you are planning to travel, you may experience delays. The Centers for Disease Control website has the most up-to-date travel information and areas impacted by coronavirus domestically on its novel coronavirus website.  

Campus Events During Spring Break

Salve Regina is postponing some campus events scheduled this week with more than 100 attendees, as well as those during the spring break period (March 15-21) with more than 100 attendees. Events taking place after March 21, 2020 will be evaluated over the coming days.

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE MEASURES

  • Get a seasonal flu vaccine. Flu season has not ended!

(Call your primary care provider or stop by any pharmacy as many now offer flu shots.)

  • Cover coughs and sneezes in your elbow or sleeve or tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.   
  • If you feel unwell, stay at home to protect yourself and other people.
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds to avoid spreading any virus to others or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIVE MEASURES

Cleaning is, of course, important to community health, and our colleagues are working hard to keep our buildings clean. If you notice an area that needs attention, or something such as empty hand-sanitizers, please call housekeeping at extension 2223.

COMMUNITY CONSIDERATIONS

We ask for your cooperation and consideration for the good of all members of our University community. This is the type of strategy that public health officials recommend for the effective containment of contagious viruses, and it is in our collective best interest to do all we can to keep our campus healthy.