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FAQ on coronavirus preparations at Longwood

You’ve likely seen the news that a confirmed case of coronavirus has been identified in Virginia, and we know you naturally have questions about Longwood’s preparedness and response to the spreading virus.

Alerts.longwood.edu is your best resource on up-to-date information on how coronavirus might impact campus operations.

We’ve gathered the most frequently asked questions and answered them below. There are a few takeaways that everyone should be aware of at the moment:

  • We are working with the Virginia Department of Health very closely, as is every college and university across the commonwealth, to be prepared if someone in the community is confirmed to have coronavirus.
  • Longwood is operating normally.
  • The best preventative measures to take remain the same as most seasonal colds and flus: wash your hands regularly, don’t leave home when sick, and use hand sanitizer often.
  • The best sources for information about the virus are the Virginia Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control.

Is Longwood operating normally?

Yes. The current guidance is that public health officials continue to emphasize the risk to most Americans remains low, particularly for young people, and that is the case at Longwood. The only reason anyone should be isolated from the campus community while not having any symptoms is if they have been to a country that the CDC has identified as a “Level 3,” which at the moment includes China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea. Earlier this week we asked that anyone who has traveled to those counties be in touch with the University Health Center at 434-395-2102. If anyone has recently been to those countries and not yet been in contact with the Health Center, please do not return to campus at this time and contact your local physician or health department.

Currently classes are proceeding as normal as the level of risk remains low and CDC guidelines focus on preventative steps.

What preventative steps is Longwood taking?

Housekeeping staff has ramped up efforts to sanitize high traffic areas and public surfaces that are touched often, like doorknobs, handles, etc. In addition, a team of administrators and staff are meeting regularly with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) to monitor the evolving situation and put into place recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO).

The best prevention starts with each member of the community, however. That includes:

  • washing your hands often (with soap, for 20 seconds)
  • using alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • coughing or sneezing into your elbow
  • discarding used tissues into a wastebin
  • making sure you get plenty of rest
  • avoiding others when you are sick

While there is no need currently to isolate anyone on campus, we have a plan in place if a suspected or confirmed case should arise on campus. The Virginia Department of Health has worked with every college and university across the commonwealth with guidance on preparedness in the event a student needs to be isolated.

I’m feeling sick. What should I do?

This is the time of year many people become ill from the flu or other seasonal viruses. The CDC lists symptoms of coronavirus as cough, fever, and shortness of breath. If you have these  symptoms, you should call the University Health Center at 434-395-2102 and they can help you assess whether you need treatment or rest.

The University Health Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. If you have a medical issue outside these hours, follow the guidance outlined on the University Health Center website.

A reminder for parents: students must make their own appointments at the University Health Center.

If I am concerned my roommate or someone I know has coronavirus, what should I do?

Encourage them to call the University Health Center at 434-395-2102.

What about campus events?

The CDC guidelines do not currently indicate that events need to be canceled.

Will my study abroad program this summer or next fall be impacted? 

The Office of Global Engagement is monitoring the situation and has not at this time canceled any study abroad programs. Their staff will work with students planning to study abroad individually.

Has domestic university-related travel been restricted for faculty or staff? 

Not at this time. We will continue to monitor developments and follow guidelines from the CDC and VDH, and of course encourage anyone traveling for any reason to consult and follow those guidelines.

Where can I get updated information on the coronavirus?

We recommend that the community look to the Centers for Disease Control and Virginia Department of Health for the most accurate information. You can find that information here:

In addition, any information the university sends to campus will be collected at alerts.longwood.edu.

Message from President Reveley to the campus community re: coronavirus

President Reveley sent the following message to the Longwood University campus community:

Dear students, faculty and staff,

As we return to campus from spring break, I wanted to be in touch and reassure you Longwood officials have been meeting regularly and carefully monitoring the global coronavirus situation. We have been in regular – usually daily – contact with state and federal public health officials. We are keeping close track of the guidance they are providing, particularly to college campuses.

This is an occasion for precaution and care, and certainly not an overreaction that might do more harm than good. Like almost any college, we are accustomed here at Longwood to having communicable diseases like flu in our community. Hopefully by now we’re also used to the kinds of precautions like hand-washing that are an effective defense. It’s also important to remember it appears with this new virus that young people generally develop only a mild strain.

That said, we are taking the matter seriously. While there have not yet been cases anywhere in Virginia, we are operating on the assumption they will appear. If we do have cases at Longwood, we will respond in a careful way that shows responsibility for the common health of our community and compassion for anyone involved – in short we will act as the responsible citizens we are.

Here are a few takeaways I want to be sure to communicate clearly to the Longwood community:

  1. Current status on campus. We do not have any indications of students, faculty or staff having recently traveled internationally in areas under State Department and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Travel Advisory Zones. If we learn of any, there are careful protocols we would follow in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) to ensure proper monitoring and testing. If by chance you have recently traveled to any current “Level 3 advisory” countries under CDC guidelines, which includes China, Italy, Iran and South Korea, please contact the University Health Center at 434-395-2102 before returning to campus.
  2. Preparations. In the event we do have any cases here in the campus community, we are prepared to respond appropriately. We would follow protocols these agencies have provided and which are similar to what Virginia public universities like Longwood not uncommonly do when we have cases of the flu or other communicable diseases like mumps. These could include working with students to ensure proper care, and adjusting accommodations to try to limit possible exposure to other students. If we were to have a case involving a student or employee, we would follow VDH guidance and ensure any student who has tested positive does not attend class and any employee stays home from work. We would continue to consult expert guidance and evaluate whether any further steps are necessary. In the meantime, be assured housekeeping staff have increased their cleaning routines across campus.
  3. If You Have Flu Symptoms. It’s important to remember the “regular” flu has been extremely prevalent around Farmville this year and affected many students. The guidance for flu-like symptoms remains the same – minimize your contact with others, and communicate with professors about missed classes. If you have severe symptoms, and especially if you have any reason to suspect you might have been exposed to someone with coronavirus, we encourage you to call the University Health Center at 434-395-2102 and come in. The Health Center is working closely with Centra and health officials, and has a careful process to screen you and provide for prompt testing and next steps if necessary. In any genuine medical emergency call 911.
  4. Continued Communication. We will continue to closely track the guidance of the public health community. We’ve been in contact with our study abroad students (none of whom are studying in countries where the State Department currently advises travelers to avoid). We’re also continuing to monitor as cases emerge around the United States. There are currently no travel advisory restrictions within the United States. But if guidance evolves in ways that are relevant to the Longwood community, we will convey that to campus.

In the meantime, for the most up-to-date and reliable public health information, I encourage you to consult these official online resources:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/surveillance-and-investigation/novel-coronavirus/

My thanks to everyone for working together to meet this challenge responsibly and safely.

President Reveley

 

Information on COVID-19 virus

Longwood community,

The university is monitoring developments both in Virginia and around the world related to the COVID-19 virus. We are working with the Virginia Department of Health, area partners, and following Centers for Disease Control guidelines. There are no reported cases of the virus at Longwood, and no confirmed cases in Virginia. As a precaution, our housekeeping staff has increased disinfectant and cleaning efforts, focusing on high-traffic areas.

SPRING BREAK TRAVEL

This week, the Centers for Disease Control issued a travel advisory, recommending that people avoid traveling to China and South Korea, as well as postponing any planned trips to Iran, Italy, and Japan. If you have international travel plans for spring break, please make sure you follow CDC advice. Updated advice can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.

PREVENTION

If you have questions related to the COVID-19 virus—it’s symptoms, reported illnesses, and how it spreads, please visit the CDC website (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html) and the Virginia Department of Health website (http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/surveillance-and-investigation/novel-coronavirus/).

Preventing the COVID-19 virus is similar to other common viruses. Preventative measures include:

  • Washing hands regularly
  • Cover nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing
  • Staying home when sick
  • Avoid touching public surfaces

The University Health Center is open for student appointments. Contact them at 434-395-2102.

Delayed Opening Announcement

Campus community,

Longwood University will open at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Feb. 21.

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Amended hours for campus facilities are:

-Dorrill Dining Hall: opening at 8 a.m. Friday

-Upchurch University Center: opening at 9 a.m. Friday

-Upchurch Starbucks: opening at 10 a.m. Friday

-FarmGrille, Panda Express, Au Bon Pain, Chick-fil-A, Moe's: normal schedule

-POD: normal schedule

-Health & Fitness Center: opening at 8 a.m. Friday

-Greenwood Library: Closing at midnight Thursday, opening at 10 a.m. Friday

-University Health Center: opening at 10 a.m. Friday

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The FAB is currently operating on a normal schedule tonight. They will begin service at 9 a.m. on Friday.

Please make the best decision for your safety when commuting this evening. Please work with your supervisor if you need to leave early for your travel home.

Ticket-holders for tonights premiere of Chicago in Jarman Auditorium will have their tickets honored at another performance if they cannot travel this evening. Please contact the box office to make arrangements.

Tonights Scholarship Dinner will continue as planned.

Update: Oak St. incident

Update: Police have secured the area on Oak Street and normal activity may resume in the area. A parking section is taped off as investigation continues, so please avoid that area. If anyone has any information that could help police, please call Sgt. David Ragland at 434-547-2375.

Alert: Police investigating shots fired report off campus

Please be aware Farmville and Longwood police departments are investigating a report of shots fired on Oak Street near Southside Community Hospital. Units are on the scene. Please avoid the area until cleared by police. Updates at alerts.longwood.edu.

Email Scam

Longwood Students,

The Information Security Office would like to make you aware of a scam email related to student employment that is currently circulating. The email comes from a live.longwood.edu account and advertises the position of Desk Aide. It requests that interested applicants reply with confidential information, such as your cell phone number, address, or other identifying information, to be considered for the job.  Please be on the lookout for this email and do not respond with any personal information.

Please note:

  • No one from Longwood will ever request personal identifying information via email during the application process.
  • No one by the name of Mark Hoffman (the Business Analyst mentioned in the email) is associated with Longwood.
  • Longwood does not text students regarding their applications.
  • The only way to apply for the Desk Aide position is via the official application.
  • You should never send identifying information to anyone requesting it via email or text. If you are uncertain about the legitimacy of an email, it is best to call the sender to verify it.

If you receive this scam email, simply delete it without responding. If you have responded to the email and would like to send us information about it, send the email with headers to phishing@longwood.edu. For instructions on how to send an email with headers, see our Report a Security Incident page.

Coronavirus information

Campus community,

With news spreading about the Coronavirus, I want to share some information the Virginia Department of Health relayed from the Centers for Disease Control below. There were two suspected cases reported in Central Virginia last week, but both have been tested and were negative for the Coronavirus.

Right now there is no cause for alarm at Longwood and no suspected cases have been reported. We know of no one in the campus community who has traveled to Wuhan. The incubation period on this virus is believed to be 2-14 days. As with any virus, practicing good hygiene can help prevent its spread, including:

  • Washing your hands often for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your mouth, eyes, and nose with unwashed hands
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then discard the tissue
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces like doorknobs

The University Health Center is still offering flu shots to students, faculty, and staff. Longwood community members can walk into the health center without an appointment for the flu vaccine.

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Q: What is 2019 Novel Coronavirus?

A: 2019 Novel Coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

Q: What is the source of 2019 Novel Coronavirus?

A: Public health officials and partners are working hard to identify the source of the 2019-nCoV. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others that circulate among animals, including camels, cats and bats. Early on, many of the patients in the outbreak in Wuhan, China reportedly had some link to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting the virus likely emerged from an animal source. Analysis of the genetic tree of this virus is ongoing to know the specific source of the virus. SARS, another coronavirus that emerged to infect people, came from civit cats, while MERS, another coronavirus that emerged to infect people, came from camels.

Q: What are the symptoms and complications that Novel Coronavirus 2019 can cause?

A: Current symptoms reported for patients with 2019-nCoV have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever1, cough, and difficulty breathing.

Q: How does the virus spread?

A: This virus probably originally emerged from an animal source but now seems to be spreading from person-to-person. It’s important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so. It’s not clear yet how easily 2019-nCoV spreads from person-to-person. When person-to-person spread has occurred with MERS and SARS, it is thought to have happened mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread. Spread of MERS and SARS between people has generally occurred between close contacts.

Q: Has anyone in the United States gotten infected?

A: Yes. The first infection with 2019-nCoV in the United States was reported on January 21, 2020.

Q: Am I at risk for 2019-nCoV infection in the United States?

A: This is a rapidly evolving situation and the risk assessment may change daily.

Q: Is there a vaccine?

A: Currently, there is no vaccine available to protect against 2019-nCoV.

Farmville seeking assistance in investigation

The Farmville Police Department is seeking assistance from the Longwood campus community, as they investigate the reports of gunshots on Sunday, Jan. 12 at the McDonald’s on South Main Street. If you were present or in the vicinity of the gunshots and feel you have information or saw any of the events that evening, please call Investigating Sergeant David Ragland at 434-392-9259. Your information will be held in confidence. Thank you.

Update on report of gunshots

Campus community,

This evening Farmville Police and Longwood University Police responded to a report of gunshots near the intersection of Putney and Main streets. When police arrived on the scene, the suspects had already fled, and out of an abundance of caution, LUPD asked anyone on campus to stay inside in a secure location until police could ensure the grounds were safe and secure for the community to move around. No one was injured. Officers performed security checks on all campus buildings and grounds and announced campus was secured at 11:10 p.m. Farmville Police have recovered a weapon and detained a person of interest.