Coronavirus Awareness and Prevention Efforts — March 6

Friday, March 6, 2020

Rockhurst Companions:

We continue to monitor the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) to evaluate whether any changes to our campus operations are necessary. At this time, there are still no cases reported in Missouri or Kansas and the threat level in our area remains low. We have already shared links to important information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other sources about how you can take health precautions. You can find those, and all the other information we have shared to date, at www.rockhurst.edu/coronavirus.

Now we are requesting that you take an additional step in joining with us to protect and safeguard the health of our campus. In a desire to be proactive and, considering we are entering spring break when many faculty, staff and students will be traveling, we want to collect information about those who have been in contact with anyone known to have a confirmed case of coronavirus or who is being evaluated for it. Many other universities, as well as corporations, are taking similar precautions.  If you have come in contact with anyone who has had or may have coronavirus or if you have concerns related to the coronavirus that you would like to share with us, please respond using the form that can be found here.

As a reminder, please know that any faculty or staff member or student of Rockhurst University who personally travels to a country with a CDC level of 2 or 3, or who comes into contact with a person who has the coronavirus (or suspected to) will be required to immediately report this to the University (see above), self-isolate, and stay away completely from all University property, events, and people for at least 14 days.  Also, for the foreseeable future, employees and students are not allowed to engage in University-sponsored international travel that will take them to a country with a CDC level of 2 or higher, where there is immediate/close proximity to that country, and/or where there is significant and growing level of confirmed coronavirus cases.  Also, with respect to domestic locations, employees and students are not allowed to engage in University-sponsored travel to a city and/or county where there has been a declaration of a public health emergency or state of emergency.

Thank you for your continued vigilance and attention to practicing commonsense health and hygiene habits, for keeping an even-keeled perspective on this journey we are on together, and for looking out for one another.  Please feel free to contact one of us if you have any questions or concerns.