March 6 Updates on Marymount’s response to COVID-19
March 6, 2020
Dear Marymount Community,
As Spring Break is now upon us, I would like to provide an update to the email announcement that was sent out on February 28 on behalf of the University’s Special Coronavirus Committee in regards to COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus Disease 2019. There are still no confirmed cases in the state of Virginia or the District of Columbia at this time. Elsewhere in the region, it was announced on Thursday that three Maryland residents tested positive for the virus. While our immediate community has not been affected, please know that the University is working diligently to prepare for emergencies in the event of a potential closing, quarantine, or other health emergency related to COVID-19.
In light of recent developments concerning its spread in various countries, the University decided this morning at 9 a.m. to cancel all 2020 Global Classroom Programs and short-term faculty-led programs, including those that have already departed. We understand that the timing of this decision was incredibly difficult for all involved. However, the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is the University’s top priority.
At this time, all University-sponsored domestic programs will continue as scheduled. We are continuing to monitor the course of COVID-19, and we are implementing recommendations from the CDC, the World Health Organization, and the Virginia Department of Health as we receive them.
We have also created a new comprehensive page on the Marymount University website, which contains extensive information and resources concerning COVID-19 and our ongoing response.
If you are traveling over Spring Break, we encourage you to follow these CDC guidelines in order to best avoid exposure to the virus:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth as much as possible.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not hands) when coughing or sneezing.
- Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Avoid contact with sick people. If possible, maintain a six-feet distance.
- Avoid non-essential travel.
- Currently, the CDC does not recommend wearing a mask unless you have symptoms.
Anyone returning to campus from a Level 2 or 3 country (as determined by the CDC) will be required to self-quarantine at home for 14 days. If you develop a fever of 100.4⁰ F (38⁰ C) or a cough and difficulty breathing during that time period, please notify your primary care provider as soon as possible for evaluation, and communicate that you may have been exposed to COVID-19.
We will continue to update the Marymount community with news and information related to COVID-19 and its impact. Please know that we are working proactively to address the needs of all of our students, faculty, and staff, and we are implementing our resources accordingly.
I wish everyone a pleasant and restful Spring Break, and appreciate your patience and support as we continue to navigate this ongoing situation.
William Bisset, Ph.D.
Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs