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March 6 Campus Update on the Coronavirus

President Margee Ensign sent the following message to the campus on Friday, March 6, as an update on the global coronavirus outbreak:

To the Dickinson community:

We continue to monitor the coronavirus situation and are meeting regularly to review state, national and international guidance.

Today, we learned that the first two cases of coronavirus had been detected in eastern Pennsylvania. Gov. Tom Wolf announced this morning that two people in the state—one in Delaware County and one in Wayne County—have tested positive for coronavirus. Results of these tests, conducted at a state lab, must be confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Also the Pennsylvania Department of Health has asked anyone in the state who has returned from Italy or South Korea to call 1-877-PA-Health (1-877-724-3258) to let the health department know about your travel. The health department is asking those individuals to practice social distancing and monitor symptoms. If you are a member of our community and have been to Italy or South Korea, please contact the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Individuals who have traveled through airports in those countries without leaving the airport do not have to practice social distancing but should still call the department of health at 1-877-724-3258 so that officials are aware of your recent travel.

As we navigate the challenges ahead, we must remain supportive and welcoming toward all community members, including those who were born in, lived in or traveled to the areas of the world most affected by this global issue. Please consult the CDC website that encourages people to share facts to reduce stigma around this virus.

Throughout spring break, check your email as we will continue to update you regularly. You may also keep up to date on campus communications at our coronavirus page.

Thank you for your support and flexibility.

Sincerely,

Margee M. Ensign
President

Published March 6, 2020