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College Response Regarding Coronavirus

March 8, 2020 | 2:13pm

Students,

I want to assure you that the health and safety of our college community is of utmost concern. I know there has been a lot of media coverage regarding the spread of the coronavirus to the United States, and I want to assure you Macomb is taking steps to proactively address it here at the college.

The coronavirus is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. It was first identified in December 2019 in China and has spread to other countries, including the United States.

Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines call for individuals who have traveled from countries identified as Level 3 (currently China, Iran, Italy, South Korea) to self-quarantine for 14 days. Following up on my email will be a communication to students, faculty and staff asking those who have recently traveled to those countries to self-quarantine themselves for 14 days. The email will also provide information on who to notify at the college.

We will be placing posters around campus emphasizing the personal hygiene steps people can take to help prevent the spread of any illness between individuals, as well as the reminder to stay home if sick.

The college is committed to ensuring our campus community is safe. We will continue to monitor the situation with the CDC and Macomb County Health Department, taking additional actions as appropriate.

James O. Sawyer IV, Ed.D.
President