The University of Lynchburg Health Center is working closely with partners at the Virginia Department of Health to ensure that the campus is prepared for any possible contact with the Novel Coronavirus.
- No campus community members have presented with symptoms of the Novel Coronavirus.
- There are no suspected cases in our region.
- Symptoms include cough, fever, and shortness of breath.
- Students who develop these symptoms and have traveled to Wuhan, China, or may have come into contact with an infected individual, should contact the Health Center if they develop the symptoms.
- Faculty and staff who develop these symptoms and have traveled to Wuhan, or may have come into contact with an infected individual, should seek treatment from their primary care providers.
The following information was sent to the campus community on Monday, January 27:
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,
In recent days, you’ve likely seen many news reports on the new coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China. To date, no members of the University community have presented with symptoms of the coronavirus. Also, there are no suspected cases in the Southwest Health Region of Virginia, which includes Lynchburg. However, because the University encourages international travel, we need to be vigilant in case any members of our community may have come into contact with infected individuals in their travels.
The Health Center and administrators throughout the University continue to work closely with partners at the Virginia Department of Health to prepare for, screen, and prevent the spread of illness and keep our community safe. If the situation warrants, we will follow up with additional communication.
The Virginia Department of Health has developed a new web page to provide updates to Virginians about the Novel Coronavirus. Also, we advise you to check the CDC website for the most up-to-date details and guidance about the virus if you are planning international travel.
If you are a student who has recently traveled to Wuhan, or who has possibly come in contact with an infected individual, AND you exhibit any of the following symptoms, please contact the Health Center at 434.544.8357. After hours, contact the security desk at 434.544.5555.
- Shortness of Breath
Also, flu masks are being placed in residence hall lobbies, and we encourage anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms to wear these masks until evaluated by a medical professional.
Similarly, if you are a faculty or staff member with these symptoms and you have traveled to Wuhan, or may have come in contact with an infected individual, you should seek medical assistance through your primary care provider. The best preventative steps for any communicable disease include simple but important measures to practice as part of your daily routine, but especially during flu season.
- Wash your hands for 20 seconds or more with soapy water.
- Avoid sharing anything that has come in contact with saliva, whether in your living or social environments.
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue.
- Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.
Dr. Kenneth R. Garren, president