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Mar. 17, 2020 – Several student COVID-19 cases confirmed, Vanderbilt further urges university community to take precautions

Posted by on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 in Community Messages.

As positive tests for the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 have now been confirmed for several undergraduate students, Vanderbilt University advises the university community to further heed public health and safety recommendations.

In order to protect the health and safety of our community during this unprecedented public health challenge, Vanderbilt has taken a number of steps to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including:

  • All classes moved fully to online and alternative learning for the remainder of the semester.
  • All undergraduate residential students were required to move out by Sunday, March 15.
  • Any remaining students who were granted an extension due to extenuating circumstances must stay in their residences as much as possible, avoid congregating in common spaces, and practice social distancing.
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitation protocols are being implemented across campus.
  • The university restricted access to dining facilities and implemented new safety protocols to promote social distancing for all remaining dining and food delivery on campus.
  • Vanderbilt instituted an initial remote work period with staff and faculty and recommended they work remotely following their manager’s and/or department chair/dean’s instructions.
  • On-campus university research laboratories are transitioning to only essential activities by Wednesday, March 18, at the latest.
  • VandyRides service has been suspended. Vanderbilt University Public Safety will continue to provide an on-call medical transportation service.
  • The David Williams II Recreation and Wellness Center is closed until further notice.

The university continues to work closely with public health officials who will communicate directly with people who may have been exposed to any individuals in the university community who have tested positive for coronavirus disease, COVID-19.

Any student remaining on campus or living locally who experiences symptoms associated with COVID-19 should contact the Student Health CenterStudents who have left the Nashville metro area should contact their local health provider. Faculty, staff and postdocs should contact the Occupational Health Clinic or contact their medical provider.

As a reminder, the CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to limit the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

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