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Coronavirus

Notice: The remainder of the Spring 2020 semester will be taught online.  Read the full statement >

The University is in constant communication with the CDC and other agencies in an effort to keep our community healthy and to make the most informed decisions possible about classes and events. As things change quickly in a public health emergency, we will move as quickly as possible to provide answers in this rapidly evolving situation. Please check this page for updates.

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  • Campus Response

    • myhealth@school (Student Health): As an accredited health care facility, our Student Health Center has staff who are trained in current infectious disease control procedures, and protocols are in place if someone were to present with symptoms requiring testing, isolation, or care. myhealth@school has been planning for weeks to ensure they have ample medical supplies and staffing to be prepared to care for our student community. Call (814) 472-3008 immediately if you have symptoms or have been in contact with a confirmed case. We have established protocol to work with the Department of Health, and they will handle all suspected cases and determine the testing needs.  In addition, the Counseling Center is available for students seeking confidential support. 
    • Dining Services: We are following the protocol issued by Parkhurst of mandating all guests who visit Torvian and Frankies to use hand sanitizer as they enter. We have made Clorox wipes available and ask that you clean your table before use and after using it.  Please do not refill any cups or plates, get new ones.  You will see additional staff cleaning tables, and you will see the fewer dishes and silverware being put out and rotated out for cleaning more frequently.   Any student who has any symptoms should not visit the dining halls and should coordinate meal delivery by Residence Life (814) 472-3029.
    • Facilities:  We ensured all of our cleaning supplies are certified to kill the coronavirus. We took advantage of Spring break to "foam" every bathroom, shower stalls, shower curtains.  Every air vent was cleaned and disinfected, and all common areas were cleaned. Additional hand sanitizing stations have been mounted at building exits and in other high-traffic areas. Extra cleaning is occurring in locker rooms, lounges, and bathrooms. 
    • Classes: We have several different models to ensure the university's mission of offering high-quality education will be uninterrupted. If needed, we will select the model to be implemented based on the severity and frequency of the threat to campus.  Please rest assured that none of these models will result in the loss of any time or effort you have already completed.  

    University  health and safety officials are closely monitoring a global outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new strain of coronavirus. As symptoms of coronavirus can be very similar to the flu, which is active across Pennsylvania at this time,  health officials recommend that anyone with flu-like symptoms contact their health care provider for an evaluation. 

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