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COVID-19 Update

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As the evolving coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues to make headlines, I want to share how Lock Haven University is helping to manage the risks to our community.  At this time, we have no known COVID-19 cases at Lock Haven. Officials throughout the University are making plans in preparation for potential COVID-19 impact to both our operations and our lives.

In light of the rapidly changing nature of COVID-19, LHU has canceled university-sponsored travel to Jamaica and Italy. This is in addition to the cancelation of all University travel to “Level 3” and “Level 2” countries which currently include: China, Iran, Italy, South Korea and Japan.

University officials will continue to monitor upcoming university travel (domestic and international) and act as circumstances warrant.  For more information regarding travel recommendations, self-quarantine and preventative hygiene measures visit http://www.lockhaven.edu/virusinfo.

We encourage the campus community to check this site often over spring break for University relevant updates. For the latest information about COVID-19 in Pennsylvania please visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health website.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to reiterate that the immediate risk to the American public is low, particularly among healthy college-age adults; however, much about this virus remains unknown. We are keeping the health and safety of our entire community at the forefront of our decision-making. LHU has also installed, and will continue to install over spring break, hand sanitizers in strategic locations throughout campus.

If you are able, reconsider any upcoming travel plans for spring break or vacations that would put you at risk of exposure.

  • Do not travel to affected areas.
  • Be mindful of where you are flying in and out of for any transfer flights.
  • Understand that travel restrictions may change while you are away and could impact your return home.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 after spring break (fever, cough, shortness of breath) or if you have been exposed, do not return to campus. Anyone exposed to or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should self-quarantine for 14 days. Exposure to COVID-19 is defined as:

  • Living in the same household with someone diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Close personal contact with someone who has been diagnosed or is exhibiting symptoms and comes from an area with a high incidence of disease.

Students unable to return to campus should report any concerns to Dr. Dwayne Allison, Dean of Student & Residence Life (dallison@lockhaven.edu).  Faculty and staff unable to return to work should report any concerns to their supervisor or Dean.  As symptoms of COVID-19 can be very similar to the flu—which is active across Pennsylvania at this time—LHU officials recommend that anyone with flu-like symptoms contact their health care provider for an evaluation.

We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely and communicate as necessary.  As always, protecting the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors is our utmost concern.  For more information, go to: www.lockhaven.edu/virusinfo.

Thank you,
Robert Pignatello
President

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