Mar. 5, 2020

Important information about COVID-19

Dear Faculty and Staff,

The College continues to monitor the rapidly changing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, and we are writing to offer guidance on ways you can care for yourself and look out for the health of our broader community during this challenging time.

Self-Care

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes in your elbow or sleeve, not your hand, or use a tissue then throw it in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid sharing drinks, food, cigarettes or vaping products.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched areas such as doorknobs, railings, phones and computers as often as possible using regular household cleaning products.
  • If you experience a fever, cough, shortness of breath or other flu symptoms, stay in your residence and do not go to work or class. Fever in this case is defined as 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or greater using an oral thermometer when the person has not used fever-reducing medicine.
  • You may return to work and class once you are fever-free (without fever-reducing medicine) for at least 24 hours or are cleared by your doctor or a public health official.
  • If you are planning on any College or personal travel during spring break and/or in the near future, we urge you to check the CDC travel guidelines and the U.S. Department of State travel guidelines for the most up-to-date information. Please note that these guidelines are subject to change at any time.

Community Care

  • As a reminder, the College has suspended all travel to CDC classifies as a Warning Level 3 (meaning avoid nonessential travel).
  • You are required to register your international travel plans using the International Travel Plans form for the foreseeable future. This information is private and will only be shared with those who need to know in the event of an emergency.
    • If you return to the United States from any country that the CDC classifies as a Warning Level 3 (avoid nonessential travel), you will not be allowed to return to the Connecticut College campus until you are 14 days without symptoms from the date of arrival in the United States (or the CDC-recommended quarantine period). Faculty and staff must email cchealth@conncoll.edu before returning to campus to receive specific instructions, including following the CDC-recommended, 14-day monitoring period as noted above.
  • Travel to Level CDC Warning Level 2 risk locations should be closely evaluated based on your personal health circumstances and the business need for the travel, and the division or department head must approve CDC Warning Level 2 travel. The College may also restrict access to campus for the CDC-recommended, 14-day monitoring period. At this point in time, travel to Level 1 risk locations may continue, especially if delaying it or canceling it would have a detrimental effect on the business of the College.
  • If you or someone you know might be experiencing flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), you should be in immediate contact with local healthcare officials to receive guidance.  Please visit the Centers for Disease Control for up-to-date information about COVID-19 and the College’s Coronavirus or COVID-19 website.
  • In response to the Coronavirus, there has been an increase in racist and xenophobic acts around the world, particularly against people of Asian and Asian-American identity or heritage. Connecticut College strongly denounces such behaviors and asks all of us to challenge ourselves not to make harmful assumptions or inferences about others’ health based on their racial or ethnic identities. Read or listen to this NPR podcast for more information about this phenomenon.
  • We encourage all students, faculty and staff to report any incidents of bias they may witness or personally experience using the Bias Incident Reporting Form on CamelWeb.

As we head into spring break, it is important to make your own health and wellness a priority. Get plenty of rest, eat well, find ways to lower stress and look out for one another.

Sincerely,

Jeff Cole,
Dean of the Faculty

John McKnight,
Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion

Cheryl Miller,
Vice President for Human Resources and Organizational Development