March 4, 2020


Dear students,

This email provides an update on CVCC ongoing efforts regarding the COVID-19 virus (Novel Coronavirus or 2019-nCoV). To date, there are no confirmed cases of the virus in Virginia, and the risk to our campus community remains low. 
In an effort to keep our campus healthy and safe, we are monitoring daily updates from the CDC and the Virginia Department of Health. 
 
Everyone can help prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Toward that goal, public health professionals recommend the following: 
 

  • wash your hands often with soap and water; 
  • cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve or a tissue when you sneeze or cough;
  • avoid close contact (touching or shaking hands) with people who are sick; 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces;
  • avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes; and
  • stay home when you are sick. 


Currently, there is no basis for changing business as usual regarding classes, campus events, and other circumstances under which students and others will be gathering. There is no indication for the use of masks by the general public at this time.
As a further safeguard, we will be increasing the frequency of services to clean and disinfect high-use areas and multi-use surfaces, and we will make disinfectant wipes available to clean common-use items such as public computers. We are also developing a contingency plan to increase our online presence should it become necessary to suspend classes temporarily at some point in the distant future.
 
Due to the outbreak of the virus, we are recommending that you avoid international travel and evaluate all non-essential domestic travel over spring break. If you must travel during spring break, you are encouraged to monitor travel advisories from the Department of State and the CDC.  This is a rapidly evolving situation but you can locate up-to-the-minute information about the coronavirus at the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. Also, please visit the following links for more information:

In the meantime, please take care of yourself and one another—and exercise appropriate precautions—so we can protect the health of our college community. 


Dr. Muriel Mickles
Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs
Central Virginia Community College