HU takes action to continue addressing coronavirus challenges

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has been monitored by HU since it first emerged.

Currently, there are no identified cases in the HU community, southcentral Pennsylvania, or in Philadelphia.

In other words, there is currently no specific identified risk to the HU Community. HU’s Threat Assessment Team are actively monitoring the latest news regarding the virus.

Specific Actions (March 6, 2020)
However, the safety and health of the Harrisburg University community is the primary concern of leadership. Therefore, in addition to monitoring the situation, any student, faculty or staff member who 1) entered the US on February 24th or after and 2) had visited China, Iran, South Korea, or Italy in the two weeks prior to arrival should not attend class, report to work, or participate in any other HU activities until a full 14 days has passed from their last day in China, Iran, South Korea, or Italy.

Students who believe that they should not report to class, should contact the Office of Student Services. International students should also contact the Office of International Students. Employees and all others should contact the Office of Human Resources (HR@harrisburgu.edu) to notify HU of the need for an extended absence.

In addition to all the normal things you do to stay healthy, the preventive measures are the same as for the flu or other viruses, according to CDC:• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
• 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 using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
Additional and updated information about the coronavirus is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html.
If any changes are warranted to HU’s normal operations, information will be posted on HU’s website and social media sites.

NOTE: DEPENDING ON CORONAVIRUS DEVELOPMENTS, ANY HU FACULTY, STAFF, OR STUDENT WHO LEAVES THE UNITED STATES FOR PERSONAL TRAVEL MUST CAREFULLY CONSIDER THE POSSIBILITY THAT THEY MAY NOT BE ABLE TO RE-ENTER THE COUNTRY IF THEY ARE NOT A U.S. CITIZEN, OR MAY EXPERIENCE A SIGNIFICANT DELAY IN RE-ENTERING IF YOU ARE A U.S. CITIZEN.
Any HU student who is experiencing concerns such as anxiety, depression, or academic stress as a result of this issue should contact the BHS Student Assistance Program. You can login via the app/web, https://portal.bhsonline.com, or call 800-327-2251. The username is HarrisburgU. Outreach to BHS is confidential, and each student is assigned a master’s level clinician as a care coordinator.

BHS will provide HU students with quality, in-the-moment support.
Any employee experiencing similar concerns should contact the confidential Employee Assistance Program at 1-800-316-2796.

About Harrisburg University 

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