March 2, 2020
Dear LIM Community,
LIM College continues to monitor information regarding the outbreak of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) first detected in Wuhan, China. The virus has not been isolated to Wuhan, as there have now been more confirmed cases in different countries, with the most recent cases being in Italy. In the United States, there have been 9 states currently affected by the virus. There has been one confirmed case in New York City, however, there remain no suspected or confirmed cases of the virus at LIM College.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends postponing all nonessential travel to affected areas. LIM College also strongly encourages the postponement of all nonessential travel to affected area, both internationally and domestically. Please follow the CDC’s guidelines for travel: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html. Traveling to/through affected areas may lead to being quarantined. Individuals considering traveling should continue to monitor the U.S. State Department website, located here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/, and commercial airline websites for updates. If you are considering traveling outside the U.S. or to any area that may be impacted, before, during, or after spring break, LIM strongly encourages you to regularly check airlines for status updates on out-bound and in-bound flights. As a reminder, if you’ve traveled and/or plan to travel to an international region affected, you are required to notify the College. Faculty and students, please notify your department chair and staff, please notify Human Resources. Additionally, you will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days following your return.
Although there has been one confirmed case in New York City, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDH) reaffirms the general risk remains low, at this time.
LIM College is diligently monitoring the situation and will keep the community abreast of any relevant updates. Currently, classes remain in session and students are expected to adhere to any classroom attendance policies. The College has preventative measures in place to be proactive, as well as necessary resources to be reactive, should a health authority change the level of risk from low. A team of LIM College leadership and administration are meeting regularly to ensure the College and all of our community members can continue to work, learn, and operate in case of any regional spread of the virus.
The College understands that this situation personally impacts many members of our community, and that many may be concerned about family, friends, and other loved ones around the world, but please know that LIM is here to support you during this time. The safety, well-being, and health of our community is of utmost importance.
Should you have questions or need guidance, please feel free to reach out to LIM College’s Office of Student Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.