Members of the Campus Community,

With Spring Break upon us, many members of our campus community will likely be departing campus – some to go home and others to explore various parts of the country or the world. Wherever it is that you may be going or if you are simply staying here and enjoying a much-needed break, we want to remind people to continue to take the recommended precautions with regard to ensuring your good health. We are still very much in the middle of flu and cold season, and while a much more remote chance of encountering the coronavirus exists in most of the places you will be, traveling certainly does expose you to a variety of germs and conditions that can test your immune system.

So, as a reminder, the following precautions are recommended:

  • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60-95% alcohol. It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid contact with sick people. And, if you are feeling unwell, stay in and avoid others.
  • Additional tips on how to protect yourself can be found on this infographic provided by the Ohio Department of Health as well as other resources that can be found on their website.

With regard to the coronavirus, we recognize the impact the fear of this virus has had with respect to health concerns. We also want to acknowledge the impact this virus has had on our students who have family in affected areas, as well as those who are, were planning to, or have had travel to impacted regions of the world postponed or canceled. Along those lines, we want to encourage a culture of care and compassion that falls within our University’s mission of developing responsible citizens. As we encounter people who may originate from the affected areas, we should be cognizant of the anxiety they may be dealing with and treat them with grace and civility. Hurtful jokes or fearful expressions have no place in circumstances like these; times like this call for an extra measure of understanding and awareness.

We hope everyone has a safe and healthy Spring Break.
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