Campbell University President J. Bradley Creed issued a statement to students, faculty and staff and the Campbell community on Wednesday concerning the COVID-19 coronavirus and the University’s Critical Response Team.
As of Wednesday, March 11, no changes have been made to class schedules on any Campbell University campus. Said President Creed: “In concert with deans and the administration, we will continue to monitor and plan for alternate modes of delivery in the event such becomes necessary.”
The University has, however, prohibited students, faculty and staff from traveling to CDC level 2 or 3 countries such as China, Italy, South Korea, Iran and Japan. “Travelers who are returning from high risk countries and anyone who has been in contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 have been asked to stay home and remain in self-isolation for 14 days per CDC guidelines,” Creed said.
As of March 11, no positive COVID-19 cases have been reported on any Campbell campus. According to Creed, one student on main campus has been advised to self-quarantine following a visit to the Health Center where they presented symptoms. “The student and their apartment mates will remain in isolation until the diagnosis is determined or the illness is resolved.”
Read President Creed’s full statement below:
A message from Campbell President J. Bradley Creed
Dear members of the Campbell University Community,
I know this is an anxious time for all as news of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to unfold. The safety and health of the campus community is the Administration’s highest priority. To that end, the University’s Critical Response Management Team (CRT) has been monitoring the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. By partnering with our Health Center, several updates have been distributed to the campus community.
You are no doubt hearing about a number of institutions moving away from in-person class meetings and shifting to continuing courses online. Each institution’s campus and circumstances are unique. In concert with deans and the administration, we will continue to monitor and plan for alternate modes of delivery in the event such becomes necessary.
On Wednesday, March 4, the Deans’ Council met and began preparations to address the various colleges’ and schools’ responses to possible interruptions in the normal academic schedules across its numerous campuses, programs and delivery modalities.
On Monday, March 9, the CRT team was expanded to include representatives from academics, IT, international admissions, athletics, housing, housekeeping, counseling, spiritual life, campus safety, dining, health center, and communications to assess the risks to our campus and plan for a response.
There are no positive COVID-19 cases in our community at this time. Currently, we have one student who has self-quarantined after being seen at the Health Center presenting symptoms prompting a test to determine if the symptoms are related to COVID-19. The student and their apartment mates will remain in isolation until the diagnosis is determined or the illness is resolved.
At this time, travel of Campbell University faculty, staff, and students is prohibited to CDC level 2 or 3 countries. Currently, this includes China, Italy, South Korea, Iran, and Japan. Travelers who are returning from high risk countries and anyone who has been in contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19 have been asked to stay home and remain in self-isolation for 14 days per CDC guidelines.
Please know of our commitment to the health and well-being of our community. We will continue to monitor this evolving situation and respond swiftly as circumstances mandate.