College safety officials want to take this opportunity to provide a brief update regarding COVID-19, and our preparedness and mitigation processes. We are in daily contact with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) at the local, regional and state levels. We are also receiving weekly situation reports form VDH, as well as daily situation reports from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. As you are aware, COVID-19 has made it into Virginia and into the Hampton Roads region. We will continue to see presumptive and confirmed cases of the virus in our region and even in our service area. We have reviewed our emergency and continuity of operations plans, we are taking steps to sanitize the entire campus during this break. We are also taking precautions to provide additional hand sanitizer around campus. In this effort, we would ask that you help us maintain these assets on campus and let us know when they are empty. This is a Thomas Nelson family and team effort. Additionally, our regular cleaning has moved to a deeper cleaning, with a focused effort on those areas with multiple touch points. However, this too must be a team effort. If your desk is stacked with work, it will not be wiped down so as to not disrupt the document workflow, etc. If you wish to ensure this occurs (and we encourage you to do so), please secure work and anything else that may preclude this action throughout your workspace.
While we are taking many preparedness steps and mitigation actions across the College, we all play a role in this effort. If you are more comfortable bringing a disinfectant spray and disinfecting wipes to clean your “personal space” work areas, please do. The best precaution that any of us can take is thorough and frequent hand washing, covering your cough and most of all, staying home if you feel ill. Additionally, we are reviewing large/mass gathering best practices and will continue to provide guidance around these events.
Please make sure to monitor the VDH and Centers for Disease Control guidance that is updated daily. Also, please continue to review the information provided by Thomas Nelson and be an active part in helping to prepare for and mitigate the potential impacts of this virus. You can also find information on the Emergency Preparedness webpage. We will provide additional information as we near the weekend and all students, faculty and many staff prepare to return to the College. Take a moment to review the facts. It can be difficult when we all see more negative than positive; however, there are thousands of cases of COVID-19 where people have survived exposure or infection. We are not downplaying the seriousness of this situation; however, it is important to consider that we have been faced with rapidly spreading viruses in the past, with and without vaccinations to help us see our way through. Please take appropriate personal precautions and know that we are working diligently to maintain our situational awareness.
Best wishes for your safety as spring break continues.