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Statement Regarding Campus Preparedness for COVID-19

Hamline University continues to monitor the spread of COVID-19, which originated in Wuhan, China and has since spread to the point where the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a public health emergency on January 31, 2020.

The university’s emergency operations team stands ready to assist in the unlikely event of an outbreak of the virus on campus.

It should also be noted that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) considers the possibility of an outbreak in the United States to be low, but in an abundance of caution, we ask all members of the Hamline community -- students, faculty and staff -- to observe the following guidelines:

If you have traveled to China within the last 14 days, you have already been screened at your airport of entry. However, you should continue to self-monitor for the next 14 days. If you experience fever, cough or difficulty breathing, contact a medical professional immediately for instructions. Students on campus who experience any symptoms should contact Hamline Health Services at 651-523-2204. If you’ve been in contact with anyone who has contracted coronavirus, you should also self-monitor for the same period of time. These guidelines, which are generated by the CDC, apply no matter where you are -- in the United States or overseas.

Though not necessarily related to COVID-19, we encourage everyone to get a flu shot if you haven’t already done so. Flu and respiratory illnesses are still common at this time of year. Lloyds Pharmacy at the corner of Snelling and Minnehaha is the closest location to Hamline that provides flu shots and bills to an individual's insurance.

Observe best practices -- wash hands frequently, cover coughs and sneezes, avoid contact with your eyes, nose and mouth and also with those who have been sick.
If you’re sick, stay home, except to receive medical care. Don’t run the risk of spreading illness.

More information can be found at these websites:

Minnesota Department of Health
Center for Disease Control (CDC)
World Health Organization (WHO)

We will show appropriate support for any and all members of our community who either contract the virus or who may have a loved one affected by it. Please hold true to Hamline’s core value, “do all the good you can”, in reacting to and interacting with anyone who may be affected.

2/10/2020/ Updated to include name: COVID-19  2/17/2020
Written by staff