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COVID-19 Information and Updates

COVID-19 Information and Updates

Emergency Response Team and Plan

March 4, 2020

Eastern Nazarene College Health Services is closely monitoring the outbreak of COVID-19 to ensure that appropriate measures are being taken to keep our campus community safe.  Symptoms of the COVID-19 virus include fever and symptoms of lower respiratory illness such as cough and difficulty breathing. In some cases, COVID-19 has led to lower respiratory tract illnesses, including bronchitis and pneumonia.

An Emergency Response Team at the college has been meeting since the outbreak of COVID-19 to review and enact the College’s Assessment and Planned Response for Infectious Disease.  We initially identified that the College was at Level One and that all members of the community should practice good personal hygiene to limit spread of any infectious respiratory disease. See recommended hygiene practices. At Level One there were no known cases of COVID-19 that were not connected to travel outside of the United States.  All cases had contracted the virus abroad or from close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.  However, new cases of the virus have presented in the United States that were not connected with travel or contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.  This change has necessitated that the college elevate its level of response and preparedness to Level Two.  At Level Two, the College remains open with regularly scheduled classes and activities.  However, all college departments are considering the implications of potential social distancing measures and possible cancellation of classes.  Employees of the college are also making plans for what their departments would need to do in these situations.

This is a call for preparedness to ensure the health and safety of our college community.  We will continue to be vigilant in monitoring the situation closely and maintain regular communications with education peers in the region and the Quincy Department of Public Health.  We will keep the college community informed as we learn more about the virus and provide updated recommendations. Please check back here for status updates and visit the CDC for the latest information and developments on COVID-19.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Eastern Nazarene College Health Services at healthsvcs@enc.edu or 617-745-3893 or the Student Development Office at 617-745-3718.

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