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Review the Center for Disease Control's information about coronavirus here.  
 

Updated COVID-19 Advisory Information


(April 10th 2020) 

We continue to monitor COVID-19 as it affects international travel and education abroad programs at Lenoir-Rhyne University.  Please see below specific study abroad updates followed by a link on which LRU President, Dr. Fred Whitt, provides regular information to the entire LR community about COVID-19.

William and Robert Shuford Center for International Education Fall Programs

Having cancelled all spring break, May and summer study abroad, we are planning to continue to evaluate our fall study abroad plans every two weeks and we will provide updates here.

Sign up for Regular Alerts about COVID-10-Related Updates in Specific Countries

If you would like specific information about a particular location where you or a family member may be studying or traveling in the fall you may visit our EIIA insurance site to read updates or set up daily alerts to your email.   Just go to this website, https://eservices.europassistance-usa.com/sites/EIIA/Pages/MembersHome.aspx  You will see a message that prompts you to register and create a login.  To do so, you will need Group ID: C2EII Activation Code: 150424.  Once logged in, you can review LR students’ standard travel medical insurance coverage, claim process, and use a variety of tools to learn more.  You can set up alerts from the home page by clicking on “MANAGE TRIPS”.    

For regularly updated messages from Lenoir-Rhyne University’s President, Dr. Fred Whitt please refer to this website:  https://www.lr.edu/campus-safety/coronavirus-updates


Other Important Resources
North Carolina Department of Public Health https://epi.dph.ncdhhs.gov/cd/diseases/COVID19.html
Centers for Disease Control https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Catawba County Department of Public Health http://www.catawbacountync.gov/county-services/public-health/

(March 4th 2020) 

We continue to monitor COVID-19 as it affects international travel and education abroad programs at Lenoir-Rhyne University. Please see below specific study abroad updates followed by LRU President, Dr. Fred Whitt’s, address to the entire LR community about COVIS-19.

William and Robert Shuford Center for International Education Updates

We have consulted with faculty and staff who are scheduled to lead student trips during spring break. The planned trip to Japan has been relocated to locations in Eastern Europe. We made this decision because the CDC has placed Japan at a Level 2 alert.  We are acting out of an abundance of caution, due to the uncertainty around the community transmission of the virus, uncertainty about the group’s ability to return should conditions deteriorate further, and an obligation to protect the safety and well-being of the rest of campus. 

We have no students or faculty studying or working in China or South Korea and no plans to send students to those locations in summer.  We are evaluating our May travel programs to Italy, Ireland and Spain.

Here is how to Sign up for Daily Alerts

Thank you for the care and attention you are giving to this situation and to the health and safety of yourself and the rest of the LR community.  Again, our office is planning for multiple potential scenarios and will offer additional information and guidance as situations evolves. 

In the meantime, if you would like specific information about a particular location where you or a family member may be studying, traveling or working, you may visit our EIIA insurance site to read updates or set up daily alerts to your email. 

Just go to this website, https://eservices.europassistance-usa.com/sites/EIIA/Pages/MembersHome.aspx 
You will see a message that prompts you to register and create a login.  To do so, you will need Group ID: C2EII Activation Code: 150424.  Once logged in, you can review LR students’ standard travel medical insurance coverage, claim process, and use a variety of tools to learn more.  You can set up alerts from the home page by clicking on “MANAGE TRIPS”.    

Today’s message from Lenoir-Rhyne University’s President, Fred Whitt, to the LR community to raise awareness and keep the LR community informed:

Campus Preparations
The University is taking precautions and planning for the effects should the virus spread to the LR community. We are working with local agencies, including the Catawba County Public Health and Emergency Services, to discuss necessary steps in the case of a local outbreak. In addition, I am appointing a task force to prepare a comprehensive plan to ensure continuity of University operations in the event of an outbreak or any other unexpected events that could create a disruption of normal operations.

Travel
We are closely monitoring the CDC’s guidelines on travel. At this time, there are six countries that the CDC is providing recommendations on. They are China, Iran, South Korea, Italy, Japan and Hong Kong. We do not have any students on study-abroad programs to those countries currently.
We are communicating with our students who are currently studying abroad to ensure that they understand the situation and are well prepared to make informed decisions. We also continue to work with faculty and students who have travel plans in the near future.
If you have concerns or questions about upcoming study abroad travel, please contact Dr. Laura Dobson in the Shuford Center for International Education.
Faculty and staff in Academic Affairs with questions about other work-related travel, please contact Gary Johnson.
Staff in other areas with questions about work-related travel, please contact your area’s vice president.

What Can You Do
As always, you can take precautions to help prevent the spread of all respiratory illnesses. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services recommends the following steps:
  • Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Get a flu shot, it’s not too late. During this time of year, respiratory illnesses in North Carolina are most likely due to infection with influenza or viruses that cause the common cold.
Resources
North Carolina Department of Public Health https://epi.dph.ncdhhs.gov/cd/diseases/COVID19.html
Centers for Disease Control https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Catawba County Department of Public Health http://www.catawbacountync.gov/county-services/public-health/

Campus Resources
Cornerstone Health and Wellness Center https://www.lr.edu/student-life/cornerstone

 

Coronavirus Advisory Information

(March 2nd 2020) 

By now everyone is aware that the outbreak of the coronavirus is having an effect, in varying degrees, on international travel and education abroad programs.  Lenoir-Rhyne has been monitoring the situation for some time and this is what we know:
 
  • The disease has spread to several countries around the world including: Japan, South Korea, Italy, and Spain.
  • The State Department has issued a “Do Not Travel” advisory for China.
  • The Centers for Disease Control have placed South Korea and Italy on Alert-Level 3, urging against any nonessential travel there.
  • Japan is on Alert-Level 2 Status. That means that older adults and those with chronic medical conditions should consider canceling travel there, and all should exercise enhanced precautions. See the guidelines for preventing the coronavirus. 
  • CDC officials are cautioning that the virus’s spread to, and within, the United States is only a matter of time.
Since, globally, the situation evolves daily, additional study abroad disruptions may occur at LR, and at universities throughout the U.S., in the days to come.  We may need to make changes to our plans as new information emerges, on a program by program basis.  Because this is a situation about which we will need to send additional updates in the future, please check back frequently for updates on this webpage. 

More on the William and Robert Shuford Center for International Education Response

We have consulted with faculty and staff who are scheduled to lead student trips during spring break. The planned trip to Japan has been relocated to locations in Eastern Europe. We made this decision because the CDC has placed Japan at a Level 2 alert.  We are acting out of an abundance of caution, due to the uncertainty around the community transmission of the virus, uncertainty about the group’s ability to return should conditions deteriorate further, and an obligation to protect the safety and well-being of the rest of campus. 

We have no students or faculty studying or working in China or South Korea and no plans to send students to those locations in summer. 

Again, at this time, we are carefully monitoring the situation with students and faculty in other study abroad programs.

Please take some time to study and discuss with your student, if you are a parent and guardian, the directions provided on the CDC’s site regarding recommended practices for avoiding the transmission of the flu and coronavirus, including frequent hand washing and covering coughs and sneezes. Read CDC advice here.  Students will also find information on health, safety, and smart travel on the U.S. Department of State's Students Abroad webpage.  For additional information on health and travel, please visit the Center for Disease Control's Traveler's Health webpage.

Here is How to Sign up for Daily Alerts

Thank you for the care and attention you are giving to this situation and to the health and safety of yourself and the rest of the LR community.  Again, our office is planning for multiple potential scenarios and will offer additional information and guidance as situations evolves. 

In the meantime, if you would like specific information about a particular location where you or a family member may be studying, traveling or working, you may visit our EIIA insurance site to read updates or set up daily alerts to your email. 
Just go to this website, https://eservices.europassistance-usa.com/sites/EIIA/Pages/MembersHome.aspx 
You will see a message that prompts you to register and create a login.  To do so, you will need Group ID: C2EII Activation Code: 150424.  Once logged in, you can review LR students’ standard travel medical insurance coverage, claim process, and use a variety of tools to learn more.  You can set up alerts from the home page by clicking on “MANAGE TRIPS”.