March 4, 2020
Dear VU Colleagues, Students, and Stakeholders:
I am writing to let you know that Vincennes University has been
developing contingency plans for the potential arrival of the Novel
Coronavirus (COVID-19) to VU locations. The Emergency Management
Planning Committee, under the leadership of Interim Assistant Provost
Lynn White, has met and has reviewed advisories from the Centers for
Disease Control (CDC) and other agencies to determine strategies for
managing a possible outbreak at VU. A special COVID-19 subcommittee
has been established to refine strategies and plans for communicating
about virus prevention and to draft plans for responding to a
potential outbreak at VU. The Executive Team received a briefing on
Monday and over the next few weeks we will be sharing plans and other
relevant information for minimizing the potential impact of the
COVID-19 at Vincennes University.
PRACTICE GOOD HEALTH HABITS
While there have been very few reported cases of the Novel
Coronavirus in the U.S. and none yet in Indiana, the CDC projects it
will eventually spread more widely and it is vitally important for all
members of the university community to practice good health habits:
· Wash your hands frequently with soap and water (for at least 20
seconds, the time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice).
· Use hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol on a regular basis.
· Direct coughs and sneezes into the bend of your arm or into
tissues that are disposed of immediately.
· Stay home when you are sick.
· Clean your environment regularly, especially those surfaces with
frequent hand contact, such as doorknobs, telephones, keyboards,
desktops, faucet handles, and other restroom surfaces.
KEEPING VU SAFE
VU’s custodial services team is taking extra steps as a
precaution against the spread of COVID-19 and other communicable
diseases. Disinfecting wipes have been distributed to all main
offices and dorm front desks. Custodians are disinfecting all
buildings several times daily with hospital grade disinfectant and
restrooms are to be disinfected several times a day. More hand
sanitizers are being installed throughout university facilities. Over
spring break all restrooms and common areas will be given extra
cleaning to thoroughly disinfect them prior to the return of students
and faculty from break.
VU’s College of Health Sciences and Human Performance will be hosting
a COVID-19 Full Scale Vaccination Simulation Training workshop, from 9
AM to 12 PM on March 23 in Green Auditorium.
HOW WE WILL KEEP YOU INFORMED
VU will use several methods for keeping all stakeholders informed of
the status of the Novel Coronavirus at our locations. You may sign up
for RAVE alerts via MyVU. In addition, VU will be adding a page on
our website, with updated information about the virus and healthy
practices. Please look for that page to be up and running right after
spring break. Flyers are also being posted in conspicuous locations
in VU facilities. As the situation changes, please also listen for
radio and television updates and check social media.
Within the next few weeks, VU will be providing you with information
about how to recognize COVID-19 symptoms, who to inform, what to do if
you believe you may be getting ill, and what to do regarding class
attendance if you are ill.
Thank you for your patience as this situation unfolds and for your
diligence in following the practices of good health as outlined
above. For those who are traveling over the break, please be safe—we
look for your return to VU in state of good health!