Hampton, Virginia 23668
March 5, 2020
Dear Hampton University Students:
Hampton University is committed to prevention and keeping the campus community safe, informed and healthy.
As you prepare to return to campus from spring break and study abroad programs, please pay close attention to the University’s plan of action regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Coronavirus is a fluid situation and to date, there are no confirmed positive cases of the virus in the State of Virginia according to the Virginia Department of Health. The University is following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), as well as our own policies regarding infectious disease. Please reference the Influenza Policy of the University (http://docs.hamptonu.edu/student/2017_Hampton_University_Influenza_Policy_20190619111504.pdf). This new strain of Coronavirus may range in its presentation from no symptoms, to mild cold symptoms, to pneumonia symptoms that may include cough, fever and difficulty breathing.
All students who have traveled to high risk areas (China, South Korea, Iran, Italy, Japan, or United Arab Emirates), traveled internationally, traveled for study abroad programs and all other high risk areas, mandatory Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing is required. Contact the Health Center via email at HEALTHCENTER@HAMPTONU.EDU confirming your travel to any of these areas. You must self-quarantine, which means for at least 14 days you may not return to campus after returning to the United States to monitor your health. It is with an abundance of precaution that the University is requiring you to stay home for a 2 week (14-day) period of isolation. Although your travel may have been to a low risk area, that designation could easily change in the next few weeks placing you in the new category of high risk. You are required to contact the Health Center via email at HEALTHCENTER@HAMPTONU.EDU weekly updating your health status. Academic accommodations will be granted once you return to classes. You should contact with your professors individually to coordinate make up work and assignments. Contact the Health Center for medical clearance before you return to campus.
If you are confirmed as positive for the Coronavirus, send an email to the Health Center at HEALTHCENTER@HAMPTONU.EDU. In your email, include your name, HUID number, contact phone number and where you have traveled (including dates). For additional guidance, call the Health Center at (757) 727-5333, after hours and weekends dial (757) 727-5259 to contact the nurse on call. Again, seek and follow the guidance of your local health officials before returning to campus.
Please continue to follow the guidance of the CDC to decrease the spread of the virus:
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; Alcohol-based hand sanitizer may be used if soap and water is not available
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- Seek emergency services if you have symptoms of fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing
- Students should monitor their HUNEWS student email accounts for continued updates and guidance
For the latest information, go to:
Karen T. Williams, MD
Director, Health Center