President Bobbie Knight message about the Coronavirus
March 11, 2020
Dear Miles College Community:
Like many of you, I have been following updates from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in response to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and understand the implications this virus may have on our community. I have formed an emergency task force of campus leaders, health experts, city and county officials, and emergency management personnel to develop plans for preventing the contraction and/or spread of COVID-19 and to manage any potential impacts of the virus on our campus.
While there are no confirmed cases of the virus in our state or on our campus, we are monitoring the situation very closely and we are prepared if anyone in our Miles College community becomes affected.
Effective immediately, we have suspended all non-essential college-sponsored travel in order to limit exposure to the COVID-19 virus as much as possible. If you have any personal trips planned, including for the upcoming spring break, I ask you to review travel guidance from the CDC and U.S. Department of State and use your best judgment. Also, please remember that limiting your travel isn’t just about protecting yourself; it’s also about protecting those around you.
The most important thing we can all do right now is practice appropriate hygiene. That means thoroughly washing our hands with soap and water at regular intervals, covering our coughs, and disinfecting common, shared objects. The CDC also has a comprehensive list of COVID-19 preventative behaviors that I encourage you to read.
At Miles, we will have soap, antibacterial solution and other hygienic supplies more widely available across campus. We’re also increasing the frequency and scope of our cleaning efforts throughout our residence halls, academic buildings, cafeteria, and athletic facilities, including chairs, doorknobs, handrails and other surfaces commonly associated with the spread of germs.
At this very moment, it’s important that we all stay calm. The cooperation and understanding of every member of the campus community is essential to safeguarding the health and well-being of all Mileans.
I will keep you all updated as new developments occur.