Interim President David McFaddin sent out an email on March 5 regarding Eastern Kentucky University’s plans for the Coronavirus.
EKU has created a pandemic response team that meets weekly to discuss the risks the Coronavirus poses to the university.
McFaddin said, “Areas most likely to see modifications include international study, sponsored or elective travel, and public health protocols within EKU Public Safety, Environmental Health, Housing, Dining and Student Health Services.”
McFaddin said these areas are following guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
As of the time of publication, there have been six cases of Coronavirus in Kentucky. With spring break well underway, students should be health-conscious as they travel.
Students traveling to Level 3 Travel Health notice must now report this to the university by notifying the Dean of Students by calling 859-622-2642 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. These countries include: Iran, China, South Korea and Italy.
The most up to date information regarding which countries have travel warnings can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html.
EKU is also requiring students who live with or have interacted with anyone who has visited these countries to self quarantine for two weeks. The CDC recommends that individuals who believe they may have been exposed to the Coronavirus should stay home, monitor their temperature twice a day to check for fever, avoid going to work or school, stay away from public transportation, and practice social distancing by avoiding crowded areas.
The CDC also recommends that individuals who are sick and suspect they have Coronavirus should call their doctor before seeking treatment and wear a facemask when going to seek treatment.
The best prevention of Coronavirus is to practice good hygiene by washing your hands, covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and limiting contact with individuals who could be infected.