Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources
Last updated: March 30, 2020
As we receive updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus Disease 2019, we want to keep you informed as well.
We encourage you to visit the CDC’s website for the most up-to-date information available. Ensuring that you are taking the right sanitary precautions is a very important step in the prevention of any flu-like illness. For this particular virus, washing your hands is of the upmost importance.
Another key resource is NAFSA’s (Association of International Educators) website, which provides details on critical updates, travel notices, and how international education is being affected.
If you have a question that is not addressed in the comprehensive information below, please call our COVID-19 hotline at 703-284-5782 or email email@example.com.
CDC information and recommendations:
- COVID-19 is present globally, and a pandemic has been declared by the World Health Organization’s (WHO).
- The general population in the United States, which is unlikely to have been exposed at this time, is considered to have a low immediate risk. Currently, the goal is to contain the spread of the virus and the impact of the virus globally.
- COVID-19 is a respiratory disease similar to influenza. Individuals should take everyday preventative measures and take antiviral medication if prescribed. However, there is currently no vaccine or treatment for the illness.
- If you are ill, you are advised to stay home, avoid travel, and wear a mask when outside the home. Avoid taking ibuprofen products if you have COVID-19 symptoms, which can make the virus worse. It is best to take acetaminophen as directed.
- Marymount is closely monitoring the course of COVID-19. Recommendations from the CDC, World Health Organization, and Virginia Department of Health are being implemented as received. We are also participating in weekly discussions with the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area in order to jointly monitor coronavirus developments on campuses throughout the region.
- We are tailoring our existing communicable disease protocol to COVID-19 scenarios. This plan includes contingencies for single cases on campus, as well as a potential outbreak in the DMV area.
- Regarding programming, our standing committee made the decision on March 6, 2020 to cancel all 2020 Global Classroom Programs and short-term faculty-led programs during Spring Break. Click here for a complete list of Travel Health Notices
- On March 11, 2020, the University decided to extend Spring Break by two days and resume classes online-only on March 18. As of March 18, it was decided that all lecture and lab courses will be delivered online-only through the end of the Spring 2020 semester. For more information, please click here.
- Also on March 18, it was decided that the traditional commencement ceremonies scheduled for May 2020 would be canceled in order to best protect the health and safety of the greater Marymount community. However, we are reaching out to graduating seniors to receive their input on how they would like to celebrate this milestone and their achievements at Marymount, whether through a postponed commencement to be held at a later date or a virtual commencement ceremony. More details are forthcoming.
- Marymount has developed resources for faculty to assist with migrating their classes online. These resources can be found on our "Keep Teaching" page.
- Marymount has also developed resources for students to help them be successful in a remote-learning environment. These resources can be found on our "Keep Learning" page.
Who to contact at Marymount:
- Health Concerns: Please reach out to Student Health Services at 703-284-1610 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Global Education/Study Abroad questions: Please reach out to Victor Betancourt at email@example.com.
- International student travel concerns: Please reach out to Aline Orfali at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Media inquiries: Please direct any media concerns or questions to Communications Specialist Nick Munson at email@example.com.
- You can view a list of Marymount Community members with expertise related to the COVID-19 pandemic here.
- Residence Life concerns (on Main Campus or at the Rixey): Please reach out to Susan Boyd in the Office of Student Living at firstname.lastname@example.org, 703-284-1608, or visit the Office in person at Berg 1001.
- General COVID-19 questions: Please call our hotline at 703-284-5782, or email email@example.com
Information for Study Abroad or traveling abroad:
For all current Marymount faculty or staff members traveling abroad on a University-sponsored trip, it is necessary to register your travel on the MU portal as soon as possible.
Register Upcoming Travel
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