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Important Travel and Other Information

March 8, 2019
To: Holy Cross Campus Community 

Dear Campus Community,

As our students return to campus, we want to provide you with additional information to help you protect yourself and members of our community from the 2019 Coronavirus Disease, COVID-19. The College’s main priority is to protect the health and safety of our community while doing everything possible to allow students to complete their academic coursework. The Emergency Response Team continues to monitor the situation closely and we will continue to communicate the latest information as we seek to protect the community while maintaining academic continuity to the extent possible. This situation is evolving rapidly, so please attend to the details of this message and visit holycross.edu/coronavirus to view the latest information.

What To Do If You Are or Become Ill

Importantly, anyone returning from spring break or other travel who exhibits signs of illness, such as fever, cough or difficulty breathing, should contact a health care provider and immediately note your travel history in detail. Students should call, rather than visit, Health Services at (508)793-2276. After business hours, contact the Department of Public Safety at (508)793-2224. Employees should contact their personal health care provider and not report to work, but follow regular protocols for contacting their supervisor. If an employee is diagnosed with COVID-19, they should also contact Human Resources at (508)793-3391

International Travel

The College is suspending all College-sponsored travel to international destinations through May 13, 2020. Trips scheduled to begin after May 13 will be evaluated on an ongoing basis, and the community will be informed of the status of these trips in the coming weeks and months.

We strongly recommend that all members of our community reconsider ANY personal international travel plans through May 13, 2020, especially to or through areas included in CDC travel alerts. For the benefit of the Holy Cross community, if you are traveling internationally, you must register your travel here prior to your departure. Employees should also notify their immediate supervisor of any planned personal international travel.

Individuals planning personal international travel do so at their own risk, especially to countries already under CDC travel alerts and areas or regions with new and/or confirmed COVID-19 cases. Countries may be elevated to the CDC’s Level 2 or 3 travel advisories with little warning. Students, faculty and staff should be aware of the associated risk of disruptions to their reentry to the United States or other countries, or even back to campus

If traveling abroad, we strongly suggest that U.S. citizens register travel through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. STEP registration allows you to be more readily located by embassy personnel in the event of an emergency.

Domestic Travel - Faculty and Staff

While the College is not putting limits on domestic travel for College business at this time, we strongly request that faculty and staff consider whether planned travel is essential to your work. If it is not essential, we recommend postponing. Please review any plans with the vice president of your division or, for those in Athletics, the Athletic Director, for approval prior to traveling. 

Returning to Campus from Travel

If you have been abroad at any time since February 21, 2020, please submit your travel details no later than Monday, March 9 via this form. 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 few weeks develops serious community spread in the coming days, we will contact you with precautionary steps you should take.

Any member of the College community who travels to, or has a layover in, a country designated as Level 3 by the CDC (currently Italy, Iran, China or South Korea) due to COVID-19 — whether the country’s designation occurs before departure or during the trip — is subject to 14-day self-quarantine restrictions prior to returning to campus. Please note that, depending upon the situation, the College may expand this to apply to other locations, including but not limited to countries with a Level 2 alert and/or domestic locations with confirmed outbreaks. 

What To Do If You May Have Been Exposed

If you may have been exposed, or learn in the coming days or weeks that you have been exposed, to COVID-19, contact your health provider for instructions. Students should immediately contact Health Services at (508)793-2276 (or, if during non-business hours, Public Safety (508)793-2224) and will be directed to follow the instructions for self-quarantine below.

Self-Quarantine Instructions

Our goal is for community members who are required to self-quarantine do so at home, not on campus. Health Services will work with students on self-quarantine plans if they become necessary. During self-quarantine, please adhere to the following instructions: 

  • Monitor your temperature twice daily, even if you are not feeling ill, for 14 days after exposure. 
  • If symptoms including fever, cough and/or shortness of breath develop, notify the hospital prior to seeking emergent medical care. You must receive clearance to return to campus. Students should contact Kelsey Devoe in Health Services. Employees must provide documentation to Human Resources.
  • If after the 14 days since returning back to the U.S., no symptoms develop, you must receive clearance to return to campus. Students: Contact Kelsey Devoe, Director of Health Services, at (508)793-2276 to request to return to campus. Employees: Contact David Achenbach in Human Resources at (508)793-3391 to request to return.

Campus Events

We are evaluating campus events on a week by week basis at this time. The Seelos Film Series will be cancelled until further notice. We will communicate any cancellations of Holy Cross events in the coming days and weeks.

Further Information

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

Sincerely,

Denielle Burl, Emergency Management Coordinator
Margaret N. Freije, Provost and Dean of the College
Dorothy A. Hauver, Vice President for Administration and Finance
Michele C. Murray, Ph.D, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students