Geneva College COVID-19 (coronavirus) Response

Geneva College COVID-19 (coronavirus) Response

Geneva College COVID-19 (coronavirus) Response

Last updated: 3/13/2020

As a College with long established relationships in China, Geneva College recognizes that many of our students, faculty and staff are deeply concerned and affected by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, especially those with loved ones, friends and colleagues in China. This is a difficult time for our community, and our hearts go out to all those who have been affected, directly and indirectly. We continue to pray for our Chinese partners and all those affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Considering the recent confirmed cases in the United States, we believe that it is important to communicate that there are no presumptive (assessed) or confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Geneva College.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the immediate risk of this new virus to the American public is believed to be low at this time. Because there is currently no vaccine against COVID-19, the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The Campus Emergency Response Team (CERT) and College Health Services continues to monitor this situation and is in ongoing communication with local public health officials to be able to respond quickly should the situation change. To be clear, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at Geneva or in the region. 

Our foremost desire is to support our students and the entire Geneva College community while ensuring that we also provide a safe learning environment for all involved. To this end, Geneva College is suspending all college-related travel to China in accordance with the State Department China Travel Advisory. We will reassess this ban as new information becomes available. 

Because it is also cold and flu season, we would remind individuals to exercise precautionary health measures to help prevent themselves and others from becoming ill with any infections, including COVID-19. These behaviors include:

  • Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not available)
  • Not sharing food or utensils with others
  • Exercising proper coughing or sneezing etiquette (cough/sneeze into elbow or tissue, not hand)
  • Staying home when sick

In accordance with Geneva’s Christian witness and non-discrimination policies, please treat others with dignity and respect regardless of their country of origin. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding in this difficult time.

For any questions regarding these restrictions, please contact Crossroads@Geneva.edu.

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