Dr. Earl Brooks II updates Trine community on COVID-19 response
Update: March 11, 2020
Dear members of the Trine University community:
In keeping with the promise made in previous communications, I wanted to give you an update on Trine University’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.
As we have been throughout, we are in regular contact with state and local health officials and are actively monitoring the health of our campus community. We are also in frequent contact with our peer institutions and will continue to seek appropriate guidance from experts and health officials. For now, it is important to note that there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 on our campus and, along with our peer universities and conference partners, we will continue to function as normal, educating students in our classrooms and labs and fully supporting extra-curricular activities.
It is also important to note that as we continue to operate the university, we will make adjustments as necessary. This includes making a university-wide assessment of employee and student travel and involvement in university events to make sure that we do not put members of our community in unnecessary risk. This is part of our overall commitment to being nimble and responsive should the situation change. Please continue to check our resource page at trine.edu for updates and new information.
While the risk of contracting the virus remains low, the health and vitality of our community is our highest priority and we will continue to do everything possible to safeguard students, staff and faculty.
As I stated previously, we all have a role to play in this, so I am repeating the following instructions for students, along with the common-sense guidance provided by the Indiana State Department of Health:
Students on Trine University’s main campus who experience symptoms of any illness are advised to contact the Health Center at (260) 665-4585 to pre-screen their symptoms. Health Center hours are weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Outside Health Center hours, students are encouraged to visit Urgent Care of Cameron Hospital at 1381 N. Wayne St. in Angola, or Cameron Memorial Community Hospital at 416 E. Maumee St., Angola. It is very important that students call ahead so that the hospital can be adequately prepared.
Students at the Fort Wayne Center for Health Sciences who experience symptoms of any illness should see their local physician or visit an urgent care facility as soon as possible.
Trine employees with symptoms of any illness are encouraged to stay home from work and seek treatment as soon as possible from a medical professional.
Members of the Trine University community are urged to take appropriate precautions to prevent the spread of infection. The ISDH recommends the following:
- Washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Help young children do the same. (See hand-washing guidelines from the World Health Organization)
- Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not readily available. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Limiting close contact, like kissing and sharing cups or utensils, with people who are sick.
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Covering a cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands).
Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D.
Trine University president