As the country closely watches the developments of the coronavirus (COVID-19) we recognize that you may have heightened concerns and growing questions. Please refer to this set of Frequently Asked Questions and check this site often for up-to-date information.
Please know that there are no known cases of COVID-19 on campus.
Your physical and spiritual well-being is our greatest priority, and we are collectively taking proactive measures to prevent the spread of viruses, including disinfecting “high-touch” surfaces, such as door knobs, handles, and tabletops, and positioning additional hand sanitizer dispensers at high-traffic areas on campus.
In addition, we have canceled two large conferences that were scheduled on campus for next week, out of an abundance of caution for the well-being of our campus community and our guests.
If you will be traveling over Reading Week, please reference the travel guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Following these guidelines, we recommend avoiding travel to China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea. If you will be traveling to any of these locations, which the CDC has designated as Level 3, please inform us. Students should inform the Dean of Student Life, and employees should inform their supervisors.
There is much uncertainty in the world surrounding this emerging illness, and we are committed to taking wise precautions while not succumbing to unfounded fear. We encourage you to do the same, as it will take all of us to minimize the risks to our community. Following the guidelines for good hygiene and prevention is the most important thing you can do.
We will remain diligent in monitoring the situation in collaboration with the Mercer County Department of Health and the CDC, and will keep you informed as we learn more. In the meantime, please join me in praying for healthcare workers who are fighting this virus, and members of our community who have relatives and friends who are impacted by COVID-19.
Grace and peace,
M. Craig Barnes