MOUNT VERNON – Spring break at Mount Vernon Nazarene University means global engagement and, because of that, MVNU officials are monitoring the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
“Our number one concern is the safety of our students, staff, faculty and community,” said Dr. Henry Spaulding II, MVNU president. “We will remain vigilant in communicating to our campus and local community the latest and best information provided to us by the CDC, and the state and local health departments.”
A number of MVNU students have been participating in various travel programs over the past two weeks — including in Italy, a country with significant clusters of coronavirus.
Because of the higher risks that have emerged relative to travel in Italy, the Knox County Health Department has prescribed that MVNU trip participants follow a 14-day quarantine procedure. The university has communicated the protocol to trip participants and are providing support to them as they continue in their classes from home rather than on campus.
The trip’s itinerary did not include visits to towns where the virus has been most active but did include regions where the virus has been present. Travel followed state department guidelines that were in place as the trip unfolded. The trip’s host organization, CHA Educational Tours, is committed to following state department guidelines for all their tours and has the capacity to alter an itinerary on the ground if necessary.
No alterations were deemed necessary for this trip.
As students and employees return to campus next week, it is important to keep in mind that the risk of contracting coronavirus is small. Even so, vigilance is in order, and we all benefit from observing good hygienic practices.
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