Brescia University Response to COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

Updated March 13, 2020 4:25 PM

Brescia University is closely monitoring the novel coronavirus (referred to here at COVID-19) that was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, China.  This virus has spread to several countries, including the United States, and to many states within the country, including Kentucky.  As the Brescia community is effected by this virus, resources and updates will be made available on this page and updated frequently as the situation evolves.

The safety of Brescia students, faculty, and staff while minimizing the disruption to the student experience is always the University’s highest priority. 

PANDEMIC RESPONSE TEAM

As outlined in the University Pandemic Response plan, a team was assembled at the onset of this situation to monitor COVID-19 as it effects our students, faculty and staff.  This response team, led by the Chief of Staff, includes the Vice President for Student Affairs, Senior Vice President for Financial Affairs, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Director of Human Resources, Director of Public Relations, Assistant Dean of Students for Resident Life, Director of Maintenance, Director of Housekeeping, Director of Information Technology, and the Director of Dining Services.  The Chief of Staff, along with this team, will coordinate the University’s response across all campus constituencies. 

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO

You can take several steps to keep yourself safe and stay informed.

In the residence halls:

  1. Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth which are transmission points for germs.
  3. Wash your hands with soap and water often and thoroughly. You may also use alcohol based sanitizers.
  4. Wash your hands before you eat.
  5. Don’t go to class if you are ill.
  6. If you get sick, if possible go home. If you can’t go home, notify Residence Life.

Faculty, Staff and Administrators

  1. Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing.
  2. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth which are transmission points for germs.
  3. Wash your hands with soap and water often and thoroughly. You may also use alcohol based sanitizers.
  4. Wash your hands before you eat.
  5. If you feel ill, stay home and contact your supervisor.

Everyone:

  1. Be aware of news, information, and guidance concerning the pandemic. The primary sources for this information is the Center for Disease Control at http://www.cdc.gov/  and the World Health Organization at http://www.who.int
  2. Be aware of information and direction from the University concerning how the pandemic might affect University operations.
  3.  Be flexible.

LINKS AND FURTHER RESOURCES

 Green River District Health Department Coronavirus Website: http://healthdepartment.org/COVID-19/

Kentucky’s Coronavirus Website:  www.kycovid19.ky.gov

Kentucky’s COVID-19 Hotline:  800.722.5725 (available 24/7)

Owensboro Health COVID-19 Hotline:  877.888.6647 (available 24/7) 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

John Hopkins University Coronavirus Map:  https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html

You can also schedule a FREE Deaconess Clinic LIVE video visit appointment at www.deaconess.com/LIVE.  These visits are currently offered at no cost to help screen patients in their homes during this active COVID-19 outbreak.