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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Center

Harris-Stowe State University is actively monitoring the global spread of the novel coronavirus, which has caused outbreaks of respiratory disease (COVID-19) in numerous countries, including the United States. At this time, there are NO confirmed cases of novel coronavirus at Harris-Stowe State University.

The health and well-being of our campus community is our top priority. This webpage is designed to keep members of the Harris-Stowe community informed about the public health situation related to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

What the University is Doing

  • The University will extend its spring break for students until Monday, March 23rd, after which time all classes will be delivered in an online format through the end of the spring semester.

  • Canceling Study Abroad Programs: The CDC has recommended postponing or canceling all study abroad programs, to ensure the health and wellbeing of our students. There have been no decisions on any other programs beyond those occurring during spring break or this semester. More information is available on the university website. The Director for International Programs will work with students and staff to minimize the impact of these cancellations on students’ programs of study.
  • The university is leading a cross-divisional team that is monitoring the situation locally and around the world. They review information provided by the state and are tracking the information being released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • All external events will be canceled until further notice to adhere to the CDC’s recommendation for social distancing. 

What You Should Do

  • Avoid Travel to the Affected Areas: You should avoid all non-essential personal and business travel to the affected countries (China, South Korea, Japan and Northern Italy).
  • If you must travel to areas where the virus has been identified, be aware of the latest advisories, protocols and re-entry requirements from the U.S. State Department.
  • Anyone who must engage in personal travel to these areas should notify the Division of Student Affairs via email at StudentAffairs@hssu.edu .
  • Know the Facts: There is misinformation about the virus circulating. Make sure you have the facts by visiting these resources from the CDC: Share the Facts, Stop the Fear and Stigma Related to COVID-19.
  • Always Practice Good Hygiene: Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, cover coughs and sneezes, and avoid sharing food, cups or utensils. This also helps prevent the spread of cold, flu and other illnesses.
  • Know the Symptoms: If you have traveled to any of the affected areas and believe you are exhibiting symptoms, please seek medical care as soon as possible and contact the University’s Student Health Center at (314)340-5053.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The following FAQs reflect Harris-Stowe’s current coronavirus policies and resources. We will continue to update our guidance and add to these FAQs as needed.

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