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Important Travel Restrictions Related to the Coronavirus

Email to Campus Community
March 5, 2020

Dear Members of the Holy Cross Community: 

As you know, the status of the COVID-19 virus and the public health response to it are changing rapidly. Consistent with the direction provided by the CDC, we are notifying you regarding travel restrictions for those returning from specific countries and asking that you register any international travel with Holy Cross Health Services.

Returning from Countries designated Level 3 for Coronavirus Countries by the CDC

Effective today, if you have traveled to any country for which the CDC has issued a Level 3 Travel Notice, you will be required to stay home for 14 days. During this time, you may not come onto campus; participate in any campus program, activity, or service; or visit off campus residences where other Holy Cross students reside. Currently, the CDC has issued Level 3 Travel Notices for China, Italy, South Korea, and Iran, although please be aware they are making decisions rapidly and this list could expand at any time. Prior to returning to campus after international travel, we advise you to please check this list and determine whether you are subject to this self-isolation requirement. 

If you have traveled to any of these countries, please notify Health Services immediately by email. Students affected by this policy should reach out to their class dean to begin working on an academic plan for the 14 days they will be away. Employees of the College should contact Human Resources and their supervisor. We recognize that these restrictions may disrupt your academic or professional work. We are committed to working with those impacted to identify ways to minimize the disruption.

International Travel Registration

We are also asking members of the campus community to register with Health Services any recent or upcoming international travel, College-related or not. If you have traveled outside the country or anywhere with a concentration of cases of COVID-19 in the past 14 days, or have an upcoming trip planned before June 1, please email krdevoe@holycross.edu, listing the dates and locations of the trip. Upon your return, you should also practice self-monitoring, taking your temperature twice a day and remain alert for cough or difficulty breathing.

College Response to COVID-19 and Further Information

Our emergency response team, headed by Emergency Management Coordinator Denielle Burl, has been meeting regularly since the outbreak began to monitor the situation, stay in close contact with public health officials at the local and state level, provide information to the campus community and manage the College’s response to the virus. They will continue to monitor the situation closely and consider the best ways to protect the health and safety of our entire community. 

The College has put together a COVID-19 website to share past communications and answer some frequently asked questions about the coronavirus.

For more information on COVID-19, and the steps you can take to protect yourself, please see: 

Sincerely,

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