March 5, 2020 - Since our last College-wide communication on February 27, the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases nation-wide continues to increase. We are not aware of any cases in Virginia at this time. Thomas Nelson is monitoring the situation closely, and as always your safety is our top priority. As the situation rapidly evolves, we want to share travel information and standard precautions we can all take to slow, prevent or stop the spread of this and other more common viruses, especially with spring break fast approaching.
Plan Now, Prepare Now
As this dynamic situation unfolds, Thomas Nelson is reviewing preparedness and response plans while maintaining regular contact with Virginia Department of Health representatives, who monitor and share daily and weekly situation reports.
- Students, faculty and staff should refer to the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) Travel Information website related to COVID-19 for important advisories. The CDC specifically recommends avoiding all nonessential travel to countries at Warning Level 3. Note that these ratings can change.
- Students, faculty, and staff who have personal or professional plans to travel either internationally or to affected areas in the U.S. are encouraged to reconsider their travel. In addition, consider the possibility of travel delays, future quarantines, or prolonged self-isolation when returning from travel to Hampton Roads communities.
- Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to share any travel plans with your professor/instructor, department chair, dean, or manager in order to support the College’s situational awareness and/or offer assistance, as appropriate, if the need arises.
What can you do to help protect yourself, your family and friends?
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Avoid touching your face or placing you fingers or hands in your mouth.
- Be aware of what you touch, particularly in public spaces, sometimes protection is as simple as wiping the shopping cart handle with a disinfectant cloth or wipe before you shop.
- Consider using appropriate social interaction precautions, no hugging, shaking hands, etc.
- Maintain social distancing (three feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Cover your cough or sneeze, and wash or disinfect hands as quickly as possible if you cough or sneeze in them.
- Drink plenty of water, eat regular meals, and get a full night’s rest.
These precautions are also helpful in addressing the flu. The CDC reports that there have already been more than 16,000 flu-related deaths this flu season.
You can keep up with the latest news related to COVID-19 from Thomas Nelson Emergency Preparedness.
As a community let's work together to engage in the preventative behaviors noted here. The College will continue to monitor the situation and update the College community with updates.
Have a safe and enjoyable spring break.