Campus Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
To: University of La Verne Community
From: Devorah Lieberman, president
Date: March 4, 2020
Subject: Campus Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Dear Campus Community:
The University of La Verne continues to closely monitor the global outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), which was first identified in China and is now being detected around the world, including in California.
As of this morning, seven people in Los Angeles County have been diagnosed with this disease and no members of the University of La Verne community have been diagnosed.
To ensure that we continue to follow best practices for prevention and preparedness, the university has established a Coronavirus Monitoring Committee composed of representatives from Student Health Services, Student Affairs, Campus Safety, International Student Services, Human Resources, and other offices.
The committee is working closely with local public health officials and following guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to align our plans with the most current recommendations from experts.
These efforts will require your support and cooperation. Community preparation helps us care for each other, and there are several things you can do to help us all stay as healthy as possible:
The university has established a coronavirus website in close consultation with public health officials that will include information about travel, steps to take if you feel sick, and links to resources. Additional information will be added as it becomes available. Visit the site at laverne.edu/coronavirus.
Practice good hygiene
The Los Angeles Department of Public Health recommends the following:
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Help young children do the same.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Limit close contact, like kissing and sharing cups or utensils, with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands).
- Get a flu shot – it’s not too late to be protected against influenza.
Follow travel guidelines
The university is temporarily suspending all university-sponsored or university-related international travel to any country that is designated by the CDC as “Level 3- Avoid Nonessential Travel.” This currently includes China, Iran, South Korea, and Italy. A full list is available on the CDC Website. This suspension applies to students, faculty, and staff, as well as programs such as study abroad.
While the university has not prohibited university-sponsored travel to any country the CDC has deemed as “Level 2- Practice Enhanced Precautions,” we urge students, faculty, and staff to consider postponing travel to these countries.
Remain calm and show compassion
The CDC and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health are reporting that while the immediate health risk from coronavirus has increased, for the general public it still remains low. The vast majority of people who contract the disease experience mild symptoms. Additionally, it is vital that we support each other and act as a community, avoid acts of discrimination and bias, and show compassion for those who may be affected.
Again, please know we are taking all necessary precautions and are working with public health officials to prioritize the health and safety of the campus community.
We will continue to provide you with updates as we have them, including through university-wide email messages when appropriate.
Thank you for your cooperation and support.
Devorah Lieberman, PhD