The University is continuing to monitor the global COVID-19 outbreak, and is taking proactive steps to keep our campus safe. Last week, the University restricted official University travel to highly impacted areas and strongly advised individuals or groups planning travel to take all necessary precautions as directed by the U.S. Department of State (link to state department travel advisory).
In addition to Level 4 areas, all travelers returning from Level 2 and Level 3 countries with active community transmission of COVID-19 may have been exposed to the disease. Thus, the Alabama Department of Public Health recommends that students and employees self-monitor for 14 days after leaving any of those affected areas. All travelers (students and employees) returning from affected areas and self-monitoring will be required by the University to avoid campus upon return from those affected areas and self-monitor at home. Please consider this requirement as you make travel plans for the upcoming spring break and refer to the attached information given to all institutions of higher education by the ADPH. The University strongly discourages personal travel to areas identified as Level 2 or higher with active community transmission of COVID-19.
Employees who have traveled to areas identified as Level 2 or Level 3 with active community transmission of COVID-19 will be required upon return from travel to follow the ADPH directive outlined within the attachment and then communicate with their division head or Human Resources to develop a plan to return to campus
Students who have traveled to areas identified as Level 2 or Level 3 with active community transmission of COVID-19 will be required upon return from travel to follow the ADPH directive outlined within the attachment and then contact the Dean of Students Office at 205-665-6020 to develop a plan for return to campus. Affected students should also contact their professors to determine the feasibility of making up missed coursework during the self-monitoring period. Prior to coordinating travel plans, students should consider the content of their courses and understand that some course experiences may be difficult or impossible to make up.
As always, University administration encourages everyone on campus to follow standard Center for Disease Control preventative guidelines.
These recommendations include:
- Practice respiratory etiquette. The main way disease spreads from person to person is in droplets produced by coughs and sneezes, so it’s important to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. If you don’t have a tissue, you should cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not your hands.
- Practice good hand hygiene. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand rubs are also useful.
- Stay home if sick. Stay home or in your place of residence for at least 24 hours after the last signs of fever.
- Get a flu vaccine. If you have been prescribed flu antiviral medication, take it.
Student Health Services will host a Spring Flu Vaccine Clinic on campus today, March 4, from noon to 4 p.m.
Attendees must bring their health insurance card. The cost of the vaccine with no health insurance is $25. The vaccine is available at NO COST to insured students, university employees, spouses, dependents older than 18 years of age and retirees.