Campus Message - March 9, 2020
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9 March 2020
Valdosta State is closely following and implementing all guidelines for the novel coronavirus as prescribed by the GA Department of Public Health. The health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff is our highest priority.
As of the weekend, there were 11 reported cases of the virus in the state of Georgia but there are no reported cases of exposure to the virus at Valdosta State. The Georgia Department of Public Health and the University System of Georgia have systems in place to monitor and address possible infectious diseases. In addition, VSU has comprehensive plans to address emergencies, including infectious diseases. VSU also has a working task force in place to monitor and plan appropriately.
Given the dynamic nature of this situation, VSU is regularly providing updates and we encourage all to visit VSU’s website at: https://www.valdosta.edu/health-advisory.
As of the time this post was written, the CDC has issued a travel warning, recommending that individuals avoid all non-essential travel to China, South Korea, Italy and Iran. VSU has canceled all study abroad programs for spring and summer for these countries. At this time, no VSU students are currently abroad or scheduled to study abroad in these countries.
For up to date information on current and planned faculty and staff travel, student travel, and study abroad opportunities, please follow updates from our International Programs department at https://www.valdosta.edu/academics/international-programs/dept/vsu-global/vsu-international-travel-policy.php
Frequently Asked Questions (Links to CDC Website)
USG CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION PAGE
HOW IS THE VIRUS TRANSMITTED?
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
WHAT PRECAUTIONS CAN BE TAKEN TO REDUCE THE RISK OF EXPOSURE?
WHAT ARE THE CURRENT TRAVEL ADVISORIES FOR COUNTRIES OUTSIDE THE U.S.?
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION (WHO)
Coronavirus outbreak updates: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH (GPH)
Coronavirus resource center: https://dph.georgia.gov/novelcoronavirus
Information for schools and universities: https://dph.georgia.gov/document/document/information-schools-and-universities/download
PRINTABLE RESOURCES FOR VSU DEPARTMENTS AND FACILITIES
REPORT HEALTH CONCERNS
Please report ALL immediate health-related concerns to VSU Student Health Services by calling 229-219-3203, or 229-259-2083 after hours.
All VSU Employees: After contacting Student Health Services, you should contact your immediate supervisor (i.e., faculty should contact their department chair). Please be aware that the Student Health Center does not provide services to employees at this time. Please contact your Primary Care Provider (PCP) for your medical needs.
REPORT HEALTH CONCERNS
Key term: Close Contact - this is defined as being within six (6) feet of an individual for more than 15 minutes regardless of whether a face covering is worn.
EMPLOYEES DO NOT come on campus if you believe you have been in close contact with a person having COVID or yourself having symptoms or receiving a positive diagnosis. Instead, notify your supervisor of your absence, seek medical services from your primary care provider, and self-report your information by completing the online form or contacting HR directly at 229-333-5709.
STUDENTS DO NOT come on campus nor go directly to the Student Health Center if you believe you have been exposed to COVID. Instead, call the Health Services at 229-333-5886 to speak with a triage nurse over the phone. Additional guidance will be provided on how to access the health center facility. The health center remains open for walk-in patients with non-COVID medical needs.
Members of the campus community should report all instances of close contact with a person having COVID or themselves receiving a positive diagnosis of COVID. To assist with reporting, a COVID Self Reporting link has been added within MyVSU.
If you have been instructed to self-isolate or quarantine, you should do so at your permanent home for the period given unless it should be extended due to remaining symptoms.