March 12, 2020-COVID-19 Update for E&H Marion Campus

Dear SHS Students,

Emory & Henry College’s top priority is to ensure the health and safety of our faculty, staff, and students. The COVID-19 Task Force and the E&H Administration continue to monitor the evolving nature of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) public health issue to both guide us in our decision making and to ensure that we keep the E&H Community informed and up-to-date. 

Please read this entire email as it contains updates regarding the College’s COVID-19 response plan specific to the Marion Campus.

  • The E&H School of Health Sciences has suspended face-to-face classes on the Marion Campus for the week of March 23-27, 2020. 

  • Beginning Monday, March 23rd, lecture class instruction will be delivered via online delivery methods (e.g., Moodle and Zoom). Please follow the steps via this link to access the Zoom software. Students must ensure that they have reliable internet access during this time.

  • Your Program Director and Faculty will send out additional information on the specific schedule and format for your online classes.  

  • Laboratory and clinical skills instruction will be rescheduled by your Program Director once the Marion Campus returns to regularly scheduled face-to-face instruction.

  • Should any clinical or fieldwork rotations require changes, you will receive this information from your Program Director or Director/Coordinator of Fieldwork/Clinical Education.

  • The School of Health Sciences plans to resume face-to-face classes on the Marion Campus on Monday, March 30, 2020. However, please recognize that this plan may be subject to change due to the rapidly changing and evolving nature of this public health issue. 

  • Please continue to monitor your E&H email over spring break and the week of March 23-27 as the College will continue to provide regular updates via email and LiveSafe. Updates will also be posted on the new webpage

  • The E&H Marion Campus will remain open and continue to operate under normal business hours (8:00am - 5:00pm) during the week of March 23-27. Students may access the building during this time only if necessary on a limited basis; however, please note: any student who has been exposed to COVID-19 or who exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 should NOT be on the Marion Campus during this time. 

  • Please exercise common sense when traveling over spring break. The College suggests that you avoid traveling through major airports and metropolitan areas in states where there are confirmed cases of COVID-19. Information on confirmed cases by state can be found at this CDC link. Please consult the CDC’s travel guidelines before making travel plans. 

  • Students who travel to areas with confirmed cases of COVID-19 or who are exposed to individuals exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or diagnosed with COVID-19 should self-isolate and self-observe for the development of symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing). In the event you are exposed to COVID-19, please notify your Program Director.

  • If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop symptoms, call your healthcare provider immediately. Also, should this occur, please contact your Program Director to update them on your health status.

  • Remember to practice good personal hygiene and normal preventive procedures:

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. 
    • Stay home when you are sick. 
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow. 
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

The COVID-19 outbreak continues to be a rapidly evolving situation and the College’s Administration will continue to closely monitor reports from the CDC and the Virginia Department of Health. We will continue to update you as new information becomes available.  

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me,

Dr. Lou Fincher, Vice President of Health Sciences