Coronavirus

**Greensboro College has moved all classes online or to alternative delivery methods for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. Students, faculty and staff should check their GC email accounts frequently for more information.**

A video message from President Lawrence Czarda

 

Updated March 26, 2020

Use this page as a source of reliable information regarding Greensboro College’s planning and response to the threat of coronavirus. Helpful links to reliable information from local, state, and national agencies are on the right. This page also will be where information from the meetings of the college’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Team will be posted (scroll down).

What is novel coronavirus?

2019-nCoV is a newly identified coronavirus that is causing an outbreak of pneumonia illness. It was first identified in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

Since then, the virus has been identified in multiple other countries, including cases in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and usually cause mild to moderate illness in people. This new virus is a public health concern because:

  • It is newly identified, so much is still unknown about it.
  • Two other human coronaviruses, MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV, have caused severe illness

What is the risk?

The CDC considers this new virus a public health concern based on current information. However, the immediate health risk to the general U.S. public is considered low at this time. The CDC and the World Health Organization are closely monitoring the situation and providing ongoing guidance.

Symptoms and transmission

Symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing.

Person-to-person spread is occurring, although it’s unclear exactly how it is transmitted and how easily the virus spreads between people.

If you travel to/through Wuhan or other parts of China:

The CDC recommends avoiding non-essential travel to Wuhan, China. Chinese officials have closed transport within and out of Wuhan, including buses, subways, trains, and the airport. If you must travel:

  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid animals (alive or dead), animal markets, and products that come from animals (such as uncooked meat).
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Older adults and travelers with underlying health issues may be at risk for more severe disease and should discuss travel to Wuhan with their health care provider.

(Greensboro College is studying options for limits on travel but has made no decisions.)

Treatment:

People infected with 2019-nCoV should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. Currently, there is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for 2019-nCoV infection. (Source: CDC)

Prevention:

There is no vaccine to prevent this virus, and the CDC advises that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

Here are everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

COVID-19 Emergency Response Team  meeting highlights (updated daily or after every CERT meeting)

March 26, 2020

Greensboro College’s buildings will remain closed at least until April 16, per the city of Greensboro and Guilford County’s COVID-19 stay-at-home order issued March 25. Faculty and staff wishing to retrieve items from office have until 5 p.m. Friday, March 27, to do so.


March 24, 2020

Pursuant to N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper’s order directing gyms and fitness centers to be closed, the Reynolds Center will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Thursday only for those who have offices there. Family members, visitors, and other keyholders are not permitted.

Also, President Czarda has directed that for now, the CERT will meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, and that Communications Director Lex Alexander will post any major decisions or news from that meeting on this page and in email to faculty, staff, and students.


March 23, 2020

The CERT decided that to prepare for a possible shelter-in-place order from N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper, Cabinet members will designate which of their reports will be labeled “essential employees.” They are giving their lists to Lex Alexander, who will compile the college-wide list and distribute it to CERT members later this week.


 

March 20, 2020

Although some offices in Main Building and the Admissions Welcome Center will be staffed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Thursday beginning Monday, March 23, the doors to Main and the Admissions house will remain locked during business hours for the safety of faculty and staff. (All other buildings will remain locked as well.) If you do not have a key, you must call ahead to whoever you’re coming to see so that they can admit you to the building.


March 18, 2020

Greensboro College will enact modified business hours effective Monday, March 23, 2020, until further notice.  Main Building and Admissions Office will be open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday and closed on Friday. All other buildings will be locked.

Librarians will be available to students via online chat or text during the following hours:

  • 8:30 a.m. until midnight Monday through Thursday,
  • 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday, and
  • 2 p.m. until midnight on Sunday.

During librarian hours, an active chat window will appear on the Library webpage (under the heading Chat with a Librarian). To chat with a librarian via text message, text 336-443-8275 (336-443-8ASK). Both services are free, although your mobile carrier’s normal rate will apply for texting.

The college will continue to remain open for employees who need to work on campus.  Faculty are transitioning to online or alternative delivery methods and staff are strongly encouraged to telecommute (work from home) if feasible. 


March 16, 2020

  • All Spring 2020 classes will move to online or alternative delivery methods effective Monday, March 23.
  • Offices will continue to be open and staffed, although hours and staffing may vary with employee availability.
  • Students should consult their GC emails for information on retrieving belongings and vacating the residence halls. No students will be permitted to remain on campus.
  • No decision has been made regarding Baccalaurate/Cap & Gown and Commencement, May 8-9. All other public functions on campus for the remainder of the semester are cancelled.

March 13, 2020

  • By unanimous vote of the USA South Athletics Conference’s Presidents Council, all USA South athletic activity is terminated effective this weekend. Greensboro College has no further games scheduled; those still on calendars were already cancelled.
  • The deadline for students to withdraw without academic penalty from a Spring 2020 course (for a grade of “W”), which had been Friday, March 20, has been extended to Friday, March 27.
  • Accepted Student Day, originally scheduled for Saturday, March 21, is being postponed to Saturday, April 18.
  • The COVID-19 Emergency Response Team continued today to plan the logistics of a move to online-only classes after spring break ends next weekend, should that move prove necessary. That decision likely will be made early next week.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

At today’s CERT meeting, the team made the following decisions regarding on-campus events scheduled for the week of March 16-20:

  • All athletic recruiting events and the adult students open house will take place as scheduled.
  • The grand opening of Britt’s Coffee Shop in the Student Center has been postponed indefinitely.
  • The interviews on March 17 with the second finalist for VPAA/Provost will take place as scheduled, including sessions for faculty and staff.
  • The School of Social Sciences and Education Advisory Council meeting will be postponed indefinitely.
  • The faculty meeting March 17 will take place as scheduled but, per Dean Mayes’s email, the agenda will change; he will post the revised agenda by midday Friday, March 13.
  • No decision has been made yet regarding events beyond March 20 except that our next colloquium, which was to have featured a speaker from California, has been postponed indefinitely.
  • A decision will be made early next week regarding Accepted Students Day on Saturday, March 21.
Staff members are communicating this afternoon with the college’s insurer; the presidents of the NCICU member institutions; and the USA South Athletic Conference regarding coronavirus-related issues. Also, city and county leaders are meeting this afternoon to discuss coronavirus-related issues. So we likely will have more news tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 11:

  • Greensboro College will be extending spring break for one week, through Sunday, March 22. As you may know, due to the outbreak of the viral disease COVID-19, the World Health Organization has declared a pandemic, and many other U.S. schools are taking this same action or similar action to try to minimize spread of the coronavirus that causes the disease. Extending spring break will allow college faculty and staff to better prepare for moving instruction online if necessary and will minimize having large numbers of students back on campus. Staff will be on campus as usual; faculty will be preparing for a possible move to online-only courses after March 22 if conditions warrant such a move.
  • With the exception of students already authorized to be on campus during spring break, no students will be permitted in the residence halls before 12 noon Sunday, March 22, to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19.
  • Meal service for students already authorized to stay on campus will begin with dinner on Sunday, March 15. The Cafeteria will serve brunch and dinner daily next week. An additional email will be sent with specific meal times.
  • Questions about housing may be directed to Residence Life at reslife@greensboro.edu. While we understand that this move may create some challenges for students, ensuring the safety of our community and limiting close student contact is our current priority. We cannot accommodate students who are not currently authorized to stay.
  • Extension of spring break could affect a number of events currently scheduled for the week of March 16. We will make an announcement after Thursday morning’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Team (CERT) meeting regarding them. 

 

Update regarding college-related travel:

  • College-related travel to any state or locality that has declared a state of emergency due to the coronavirus remains banned until further notice.
  • Although N.C. has declared a state of emergency, travel within North Carolina, while discouraged, is not banned at this time. However, anyone who is planning to travel and is in a vulnerable population group as designated by the CDC — you are over 65, say, or have a chronic medical condition — should consult and follow CDC recommendations.
  • Recruiting trips to areas not under a state of emergency are considered mission-critical travel; however, they should be undertaken only by those who are healthy and not in a risk group for COVID-19 as designated by the CDC.

Tuesday, March 10: The CERT decided that:

  • The college will strongly discourage any college related travel. College-related travel to any state or locality that has declared a state of emergeny due to the coronavirus is banned until further notice.
  • Any member of the campus community returning from a country designated as having a Level 2 or Level 3 travel health notice should self-isolate at home for at least 14 days before returning to campus.

The team also discussed planning in case the college must move to online-only learning for the rest of the semester. That planning will continue at Wednesday’s meeting.


 

Monday, March 9: The eight-member COVID-19 Emergency Response Committee met and decided:

  • To direct faculty to prepare to offer course material online if they are not already doing so.
  • Where students may be placed if they must be quarantined on campus.
  • To compile a list of faculty and staff willing and able to deliver meals, etc., to quarantined members.
  • To consider possible travel bans.

As a reminder, committee members are:

  • Lauren Childrey, director of student health services, chair
  • Lex Alexander, director of communications
  • Larry Burton, assistant vice president for technology
  • Larry Czarda, president of the college
  • Calvin Gilmore, director of campus safety and security.
  • Paul Leslie, senior vice president and chief academic officer
  • Justin Liszka, SSC (housekeeping and grounds)
  • Shana Plasters, dean of students

Students! Please visit the COVID-19 Student Resource Page.

By state order, all offices and buildings are closed until at least April 30.

Keep up with Greensboro College planning regarding the coronavirus: Visit greensboro.edu/coronavirus