SAU students, faculty, and staff received the following correspondence Monday from the SAU Risk Management Task Force.
The CDC provided new guidance Sunday, March 15, to minimize the spread of COVID-19. CDC recommendation: “Cancel or postpone all events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States for the next 8 weeks.”
Governor Asa Hutchinson discouraged all unnecessary out-of-state travel during his press conference Monday, March 16.
Areas of significant outbreak as defined internally are those areas in which 5 or more cases have been confirmed. The New York Times publishes a map, updated daily, with confirmed cases by state.
Additionally, many state health departments and government websites provide lists and/or maps of confirmed case counts. PLEASE consult this information prior to travel. When using these resources, make CERTAIN to view the most current information. Document (screen shot/print) confirmation that the area to which you travel meets these guidelines. These resources will be used by SAU to determine reentry.
According to the CDC, the virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community. We urge you to review CDC reports on the situation in the U.S.
We understand the desire to remain mobile. Major health diseases that affect large numbers of the population are issues we read about in history books. Americans have not experienced this in our lifetime. The threat is real. People we love are at risk. We are asking members of our community to make decisions based on fact and the most accurate information available. We are trusting in the information provided by our National Coronavirus Task Force, our CDC, our state health department, and our own biologists.
Please consider the risk associated with continued mass mobility during this time of national health pandemic.