Dr. Brooks updates Trine community on COVID-19 response
The following letter from Trine University President Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., was sent via email to faculty, staff, students and parents this afternoon:
Our internal Trine University team continues to meet daily to address challenges brought on by the coronavirus outbreak, and I would like to report that we are also working closely with a larger group comprised of officials from the City of Angola, Cameron Memorial Community Hospital, the Steuben County Emergency Management Agency, the Metropolitan School District, the Fremont School District, and the Steuben County Department of Health, including the county’s chief medical officer and public health nurse. While it is important to note that there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on our campus, in the city of Angola or in Steuben County, this Community COVID-19 Response Task Force will meet daily to ensure that we are working together to do everything possible to keep our community safe.
While we cautiously plan for any contingency, both inside and outside our classrooms, we continue to function as normal, educating students in our classrooms and labs and fully supporting extra-curricular activities. We are regularly communicating with students about the best ways to stay healthy and adding sanitizing stations across campus. As I mentioned in a previous update, we have, in a precautionary measure, restricted employee travel and have postponed certain events that were scheduled for our campus. We will continue to make decisions about events and large gatherings to ensure that we do not put members of our community in unnecessary risk. Please continue to check our resource page at trine.edu for updates and details about any postponements and cancellations of Trine events.
Also, if the situation changes and requires that we deliver our students’ education in a different manner, we are prepared to do so. We have heard from many of you, correctly, that all evidence to date says that the COVID-19 strain poses very little risk to young people. It is also important to note that Trine’s small classes limit the potential exposure to, and spread of, the virus. While knowing this is somewhat reassuring, it does not change the fact that we will always do everything in our power to keep our community healthy and vital.