Important Updates for the SUNO Community
Friday, March 20, 2020 9:30 pm
Today, Mayor Cantrell outlined several actions in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic. In her remarks, she reiterated the importance of social distancing and avoiding large gatherings. She also issued a Stay At Home Mandate. Everyone should stay at home except for absolutely essential needs. This mandate should be adhered to by everyone, especially those students who are still living on SUNO's campus.
We can’t impress on you enough that this is a crisis and the importance of heeding ALL local, state, and national warnings. Health officials describe the intended outcome of social distancing as “flattening the curve.” Flattening the Curve can be described as a protective public measure to stop the spread in order not to overwhelm our health care system. Without these protective measures, cases of coronavirus are likely to peak in higher numbers quickly. As of 5:30 p.m. today, there are now 326 cases of #COVID19 in New Orleans, 537 in Louisiana, and 14 deaths. We should all be self-monitoring and practicing social distancing to help prevent the spread of the infection.?We have a moral and ethical obligation to protect vulnerable members of our communities as well as ourselves.
Good hygiene, particularly hand hygiene, can reduce the risk of many infections, including COVID-19.
The following tips can help keep everyone healthy:
· Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
· Stay home when you are sick and seek medical attention if symptoms worsen.
· Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
· Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing.
· Clean and disinfect surfaces.
More importantly, we need you to stay at home unless absolutely necessary.
Our top priorities remain the same: protecting the health and well-being of our campus and the broader community, and sustaining teaching and learning. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we make significant adjustments to address a dynamic and challenging situation.
Please see the graphic below regarding social distancing: