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COVID-19 Communications

University-Wide Communication

 As of Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 3:30 p.m.

Please see the October 21, 2020 Update email.

Please see the October 14, 2020 Update email.

 Please see the October 7, 2020 Update email.

Please see the September 30, 2020 COVID-19 Update email

Please see the September 16, 2020 COVID-19 Update email.

Please see the September 9, 2020 COVID-19 Update email.

Please see the September 2, 2020 COVID-19 Update email.

Please see the August 26, 2020 COVID-19 Update email.

Please see the August 19, 2020 COVID-19 Update email.

Please see the August 12, 2020 COVID-19 Update email.

Please see the August 5, 2020 COVID-19 Update email.

Please see the July 29, 2020 COVID-19 Update email.

Please see the July 22, 2020 COVID-19 Update email.

Please see the July 17, 2020 COVID-19 Update email.

Please see the July 10, 2020 COVID-19 Update email.

Please see the July 3, 2020 COVID-19 Update email.

Please see the June 26, 2020 COVID-19 Update email.

Please see the May 29, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Update email.

Please see the May 22, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Update email.

Please see the May 15, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Update email.

 Please see the May 8, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Update email.

Please see the May 1, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Update email.

 Please see the April 17, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Update email.

 Please see the April 3, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Update email.

 Please see the March 27, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update email.

Please see the March 26, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update email. 

 Please see the March 25, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update email. 

Please see the March 24, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update email. 

Please see the March 23, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update email. 

Please see the March 22, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update email. 

 Please see the March 21, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update email.

 Please see the March 20, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update email.

 Please see the March 19, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update email.

Please see the March 18, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update email. 

 Please see the March 17, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update email.

 Please see the March 16, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update email.

 Please see the March 15, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update email.

Please see the March 14, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update email. 

Please see the March 13, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update email. 

Due to the fluid coronavirus situation, SXU will extend spring break for students until 3/23/2020. Faculty will use this time to prepare online instruction in the event that face-to-face class is no longer recommended; for up-to-date info visit: https://www.sxu.edu/covid-19/ 

 Please see the March 12, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update email.

 Please see the March 11, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update email.

SXU is continuing to closely monitor reports from the @CDCgov and the CDPH to keep everyone on campus safe and informed. Visit the website for up-to-date info:https://www.sxu.edu/covid-19/ 

 Please see the March 5, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update email.

 

In light of concerns about the spread of novel coronavirus and the disease that it causes ("COVID-19") in the United States, the SXU Health Center would like to share some information about the virus and the protocol that is in place for all communicable diseases on campus. A communicable disease is an infection that can spread from one person to another by direct or even indirect contact.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes that the immediate risk of this new virus to the American public is low at this time. However, this is a rapidly evolving situation. For the most up-to-date information, please see the CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 website. The SXU Health Center will also continue to update their Public Health Notices website as new information becomes available.

Please be aware of updated travel advisories. Currently the CDC has issued a Level 3 Warning (avoid all nonessential travel) to both mainland China and South Korea due to the widespread, ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 in both countries. A Level 2 Alert (practice enhanced precautions) is in effect for Iran, Italy and Japan. These countries are experiencing sustained community transmission of COVID-19. If you have traveled to any of these countries in the past 14 days, please contact the SXU Health Center at 773-298-3712 and await instructions before returning to campus.

SXU has a Communicable Disease protocol that we follow for all infectious diseases that may be introduced to our campus. The University and the Health Center follow guidelines set forth by the Illinois and Chicago Department of Public Health for any communicable diseases that may affect students, faculty and staff. This includes the recent guidelines sent to all outpatient clinics by the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) regarding suspected cases of suspected COVID-19.
If you think you may be sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are sick with COVID-19 the CDC offers specific guidance including staying at home except to seek medical care. Before seeking medical care, call ahead of time and explain your symptoms and that you may have COVID-19.

Prevention: There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. As with any respiratory virus, students and staff can protect themselves and others by taking every day common sense actions, such as:

Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. This CDC video provides advice for proper handwashing.

Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.

Staying home when you are sick.

Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then throwing that tissue in the trash.

Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

CDPH does NOT currently recommend:

The use of masks or gloves

Canceling mass gatherings

Canceling classes

SXU will continue to issue updates as the situation changes. Any questions can be directed to the SXU Health Center at 773-298-3712 or healthcenter@sxu.edu.

 

On February 4, 2020, the Chicago Department for Public Health (CDPH) provided guidance for universities. Pursuant to this guidance, SXU has implemented the following measures:

Any SXU student, faculty member, or staff returning from mainland China on February 3, 2020, and onward should not attend school or work for 14 days after the return date.

Anyone under this category should call the SXU Health Center as soon as they return from China so that instructions can be given for monitoring your health.

Absences for this purpose will be excused and alternate arrangements will be made for online assignments as needed.

SXU students, faculty members, or staff who returned from mainland China prior to February 3, 2020 can remain in school and work.

SXU students, faculty members, or staff who returned from mainland China between January 21, 2020-February 2, 2020 and develop respiratory symptoms including fever (100.4F/38C), cough, and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention:

Call the SXU Health Center immediately and await instructions. Call 773-298-3712 during business hours or Public Safety 773-298-4400 after hours in order to page a provider. The SXU Health Center will communicate with the Chicago Department of Public Health in order to facilitate the proper response.

Prevention

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. As with any respiratory virus, students and school personnel can protect themselves and others by taking every day common sense actions:

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

Stay home when you 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.

CDPH does NOT recommend:

The use of masks or gloves

Canceling mass gatherings

Canceling classes

See the CDC 2019 Novel Coronavirus website for the most up-to-date information.


Parent Communication

 

Please see the October 21, 2020 Update email.

Please see the October 14, 2020 Update email.

 Please see the October 07, 2020 Update email.

Please see the September 30, 2020 COVID-19 Update email

Please see the September 16, 2020 COVID-19 Update email.

 Please see the September 9, 2020 COVID-19 Update email.

 Please see the September 2, 2020 COVID-19 Update email.

 Please see the August 26, 2020 COVID-19 Update email.

 Please see the August 19, 2020 COVID-19 Update email.

Please see the August 12, 2020 COVID-19 Update email.

 Please see the August 5, 2020 COVID-19 Update email.

 Please see the July 29, 2020 COVID-19 Update email.

 Please see the July 22, 2020 COVID-19 Update email.

 Please see the July 17, 2020 COVID-19 Update email.

 Please see the July 10, 2020 COVID-19 Update email.

Please see the July 3, 2020 COVID-19 Update email.

 Please see the June 26, 2020 COVID-19 Update email.

 Please see the May 29, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Update email.

Please see the May 22, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Update email.

 Please see the May 15, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Update email.

 Please see the May 8, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Update email.

 Please see the May 1, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Update email.

 Please see the April 24, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Update email.

  Please see the April 17, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Update email.

Please see the March 27, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update email. 

Please see the March 26, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update email. 

Please see the March 25, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update email. 

Please see the March 24, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update email. 

Please see the March 23, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update email. 

Please see the March 22, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update email. 

Please see the March 20, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update email. 

Please see the March 19, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update email. 

Please see the March 18, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update email. 

Please see the March 17, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update email. 

Please see the March 16, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update email. 

Please see the March 15, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update email. 

 Please see the March 14, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update email. 

Please see the March 12, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update email.  

 Please see the March 11, 2020 COVID-19 Daily Update email.  

 Athletic Communication

 

SXU: Saint Xavier to suspend all athletic events indefinitely- http://sxucougars.com/article/6356.

 State Communication

Governor JB Pritzker issues a "shelter-in-place" executive order (PDF) on Friday, March 20, 2020. The order takes into effect at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 21 until Tuesday, April 7, 2020.

Governor JB Pritzker issues a mandate on Friday, March 13, 2020 to close all schools in Illinois.