Dear NEOMED Community:
As our students prepared for spring break last Friday, I wished them a relaxing, refreshing and safe vacation.
As we’ve said before, NEOMED’s primary focus is on delivering an exceptional student experience, and that includes education as well as campus life and wellness. As a health professional, parent, and travel enthusiast, I can appreciate the anticipation of a trip or the simple joy of a much-deserved break.
Whether students are traveling or not, we informed them that our campus remains open and all resources including the Center for Student Wellness and Counseling Services are available.
To help ensure the safety of our community and per the request of the Ohio Governor’s Office (news release), NEOMED is prohibiting any University-related travel (business, educational, in-paid status) to nations where the CDC has recommended no travel, including China and South Korea, for our faculty and staff. Please also let us know if you, or any colleagues or students of whom you have become aware, have been to any of the nations of concern or in contact with someone who has.
If you’re traveling, or considering it, more details are available at the websites for the Ohio Department of Health, CDC and World Health Organization (WHO). Please check the U.S. Department of State travel advisory website as well.
Please remember to take extra precautions as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to be especially diligent about washing your hands with hot soapy water (hand sanitizer does not do the same job), all the way up to the elbows, during flu season and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) public health concern. COVID-19 is thought to be transmitted from human to human via respiratory droplets, so remember to cough or sneeze into your sleeve or tissue and to stay home if you are sick. It is also important to avoid touching your face.
We would like to ensure that all are properly informed and directed to the most current and centralized resources.
NEOMED is working closely with the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), in coordination with the CDC, and we will continue to keep you up to date. To that point, you may also find additional information by visiting: neomed.edu/coronavirus.
John T. Langell