3.5.20: COVID-19 update and NEW travel information

The university senior leadership and medical professionals in the Health and Wellness Center continue to monitor the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak and to provide updates.

**Sent to the campus community and parents.**

Dear Members of the Campus Community,

This message includes information about the actions Lehigh is taking to
keep campus healthy in regards to COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease-2019) and
NEW INFORMATION regarding spring break travel.

As of this date and time, there are NO SUSPECTED OR CONFIRMED CASES OF
COVID-19  on our campus. Please remember we have a website dedicated to
COVID-19 information that is updated frequently:
https://www2.lehigh.edu/news/updates-on-novel-coronavirus

Campus staff are taking extra measures to sanitize surfaces and provide
resources to prevent germs. We are placing additional hand sanitizers at
the entrance to libraries, residence halls and dining facilities,
completing extra cleanings of bathrooms and common spaces, and wiping down
surfaces frequently. We are also stocking additional supplies such as
sanitizers, soap, and paper towels. Over spring break, campus staff will
also be using an electrolyzed all-natural, non-toxic water solution to
clean throughout residence hall lounges, common areas and classrooms.

As we approach spring break, President Simon and Health & Wellness (HWC)
Center Executive Director David Rubenstein shared travel guidance last week
(https://www2.lehigh.edu/news/22820-important-information-regarding-spring-break-travel-and-covid-19)
that we encourage you to read if you haven't done so, as it includes
important information for you to consider as you make travel plans. 

As stated, we are asking that all students traveling to areas the State
Department has identified as "Warning Level 4", and the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified as "Warning Level 3" and "Alert
Level 2," (check levels here:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html) to inform
the Health and Wellness Center (HWC) of your plans.

NEW INFORMATION: If you plan to travel to these areas, you can now register
your travel with the Health and Wellness Center using this link:
https://lehigh.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0U4JA6FDt8BEhZb

Based on the information that you provide, the HWC will send you an email
with instructions for self-monitoring of symptoms. Upon returning to the US
from any country that is identified as a State Department Warning Level 4
or CDC Warning Level 3 or Alert Level 2, you will need to return home or to
a location off-campus for 14 days. 

During this period, students should stay home and self-monitor for fever,
cough, or shortness of breath. The HWC will be in contact with you to
review your self-monitoring reporting once you have returned to the United
States.  At the end of the 14-day period, the HWC will review your symptoms
and health status and make a determination about your return to campus.
Staff, faculty and instructors will work with students who need to complete
academic work remotely during this time.

As previously mentioned, we are expecting that, as responsible community
members, if these criteria apply, that individuals will uphold these
requirements and do their part in ensuring the health and safety of our
community.

Although COVID-19 updates continue to dominate the news, we want to remind
our community that we are seeing a significant number of students with the
flu. Please remember to take precautions to prevent the spread of flu,
including getting a yearly flu shot and practicing good hand hygiene.

Students who have not received the flu shot yet this season can take
advantage of the free flu shots provided by our Health and Wellness Center:
https://studentaffairs.lehigh.edu/content/health-wellness-center. If you
are sick, please stay home and contact your professors to ensure your
ability to keep up with your coursework.

For more information, including answers to frequently asked questions,
visit: https://www2.lehigh.edu/news/updates-on-novel-coronavirus
Sincerely,

Lehigh University

Health and Wellness Center Team