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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

March 7, 2019
To: Holy Cross Students

Dear Students:

We are providing this update as you plan to return to campus from spring break. Please read through this entire message for important information pertinent to the health and wellbeing of our entire campus community. The circumstances surrounding the 2019 novel coronavirus, COVID-19, are evolving rapidly, please attend to this and all future communications with care.

Prevention

  • Prevention is your first line of defense. Help yourself and others stay healthy by doing the following:
  • Wash your hands frequently, and for 20 seconds’ duration, with soap and water
  • Avoid touching your face, particularly your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Increase your water intake
  • Keep your personal spaces clean and disinfect common surfaces, such as doorknobs
  • Cover your cough with the crook of your elbow or with a tissue and then throw the tissue away
  • Avoid contact with sick people

What To Do If You Are Ill

Any student experiencing symptoms (which may be similar to the flu or common cold, and may include fever and coughing) should call (rather than visit) Health Services immediately at (508)793-2276. Please note that until further notice, you must call Health Services for an appointment. Online scheduling has been disabled and walk-ins will not be accepted without first calling Health Services.

After business hours, contact the Department of Public Safety at (508) 793-2224. Someone will be available to take your call at this number 24/7.

Fitness Equipment at Luth and Loyola

Out of an abundance of caution, the Loyola Fitness Center, the Erg Room, the McFarland Atrium, and the Circuit Trailer will be closed for deep cleaning beginning Friday, March 6 at 6 PM until Wednesday, March 11.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  Please contact Campus Recreation with any questions (campusrec@holycross.edu).

Additional Cleaning Precautions

In addition to following enhanced protocols for flu season, Facilities staff have ramped up their efforts to disinfect campus, including sanitizing classrooms and bathrooms daily and concentrating on high-touch surfaces such as light switches and doorknobs. Please thank them for their increased efforts.

Returning from Travel Abroad

If you have traveled abroad for break, please register your travel details no later than Monday, March 9. The College is keeping close track of where and how quickly COVID-19 is spreading. If an area where you’ve traveled during the last week develops serious community spread in the coming days, we will contact you with precautionary steps you should take.

Students, faculty, and staff who have returned from Level 3 areas as designated by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have been advised by the College of the expectation that they self-quarantine at home for a period of no less than 14 days. Card swipe access for students in self-quarantine will resume after this two-week period, provided they show no signs of illness. Although some students may want to visit campus during the quarantine period, please discourage them from doing so. We appreciate your assistance in helping the community stay healthy.

Campus Resources

The uncertainty of and widespread impact of pandemics can create stress and anxiety, particularly for those who have family in, or have traveled to, highly affected regions. Taking care of your mental health is as important as looking after your physical health. Please take advantage of the resources on campus.

  • Counseling Center: (508)793-3363
  • Chaplains’ Office: (508)793-3012
  • Class Deans: (508)793-2530
  • Office of International Students:  (508)793-2532
  • Office of Multicultural Education:  (508)793-2669
  • Public Safety: Routine calls (508) 793-2224; Emergencies (508)793-2222
  • Student Affairs: (508)793-2414  
  • Title IX Coordinator: (508)793-3040


Combating Stigma

The CDC reports that the stress related to public health emergencies, including COVID-19, sometimes leads to discrimination and social stigma toward people whose ethnic or racial identity is associated with the spread of disease. It should go without saying that discriminatory behavior toward anyone for any reason is unacceptable. The CDC recommends that the best way to combat stigma and avoid stigmatizing others is to know the facts.

  • For more information about preventing the spread of COVID-19, please visit CDC’s website
  • For more information about the steps Holy Cross is taking and FAQs, please visit our dedicated site.

If you have questions about COVID-19, please email coronavirus@holycross.edu

Thank you for your attention to this message and the details it contains.

Sincerely,

Michele C. Murray, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Denielle Burl, J.D., Chief Risk and Compliance Officer, Emergency Operations Co-Command
Shawn de Jong, Chief of Police/Director of Public Safety, Emergency Operations Co-Command
Kelsey DeVoe, FNP-C, Director of Health Services