As we come to the end of a challenging week and continue preparing for the potential impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on our campus community, I want to thank each of you for your patience, collaboration and flexibility. I also want to encourage everyone to remain diligent in adopting preventative habits to help fight the spread of COVID-19.
Whether you are on or off campus, please practice social distancing and be proactive in learning about additional precautions to protect yourself and others. Students, if you are able to remain off-campus during the extended break next week, I encourage you to do so. If not, know that you are welcome and that on-campus residences, dining and other facilities are open, but some may have alternate hours.
The changes we’ve recently communicated about, driven in large part by guidance from local, state and federal health officials, are intended to protect the health and safety of our campus community while ensuring academic continuity. We understand that adjusting to these changes can be a challenge and that there are many questions about moving forward. Please know that a large team of dedicated NC State professionals is working around the clock to finalize plans and processes, including the transition to remote and alternative instruction and work where possible and appropriate. The university will continue to share specifics in the coming days.
This is an unprecedented situation at NC State and across our nation, and for many, a very stressful one. We have resources to assist you including the Counseling Center for students and the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program for faculty and staff. If you need to talk to someone, caring professionals are ready to help.
In addition, any students who believe they may be ill with COVID-19 and who have the disease’s most common symptoms (fever and cough or shortness of breath), and who have risk factors of travel to a COVID-19-affected area or direct contact with a COVID-19 patient, can make an appointment with NC State Student Health. Students need to call ahead at 919-515-2563 and let the appointment staff know their risk factors.
Thank you again for your hard work, flexibility and teamwork. Please take care of yourselves, take care of the Pack, and continue to stay informed by visiting our COVID-19 website.