According to the Vermont Department of Health, there have been no positive tests for the coronavirus in Vermont. Here at Norwich University, there have been approximately 30+ students that have been quarantined for the flu and have been provided medical face masks by the Student Health Center. These face masks are allowed to be worn with Corps of Cadets uniforms.
The Deputy State Epidemiologist & Epidemiology Program Chief at Vermont Department of Health recommends that Norwich University should not make medical masks generally available to the Norwich community. If an individual is seen by a medical provider, they may be provided a face mask, which is certainly allowed to be worn on campus.
A new accommodation authorized by President Schneider is that faculty, staff and students who have not seen a medical provider but feel the need to wear a medical mask will be allowed to do so regardless whether they are in uniform.
If you need medical attention outside the Student Health Center's operating hours, please contact the following health care facility:
- CVMC Emergency Department, at 130 Fisher Road, Berlin, Vermont 05602. Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. (802-371-4100)
Our faculty and staff should see their primary care physician should they also be concerned about their health. We want the entire Norwich Community to be healthy and take proactive measures to keep themselves healthy.
As with any cold and flu season, proper hand and respiratory hygiene should be practiced to reduce exposure to, and transmission of, many illnesses.
- Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water;
- When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue — throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands;
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth;
- Avoid close contact with anyone who has a fever and cough.
You can find more information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html. Click the following link if you want see a map of the global coronavirus cases created by the Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering: https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6
Thank you your attention to this matter.
Dr. Frank Vanecek
Senior Vice President for Student Affairs & Technology