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Campus Message Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Dear Palo Alto University Community,

The health and safety of our community is very important to us and we are committed to keeping our campus healthy and informed about the coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, as more cases are confirmed in the United States and other countries. 

As this is a rapidly evolving situation, the President’s Cabinet, along with campus partners, are continuing to closely monitor the situation and will provide regular updates.  The campus is actively planning for a range of scenarios and potential short- and longer-term impacts, with particular focus on the health and well-being of the university community, as well as on the continuity of university operations. We will be prepared to conduct business and classes remotely should the need arise and will keep students, faculty and staff informed accordingly.

As of now, regular work and classes will continue as usual. Students, faculty, and staff who are ill—no matter the cause— are asked to stay home. Students on pactica at external sites should check with their clinical supervisors regarding site-specific coronavirus issues.

A campus web-page will be posted this week and will contain both campus updates and resource information. We encourage everyone to keep up to date on the disease through the following public resources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

California Department of Public Health

Santa Clara County Public Health

The Centers for Disease Control recommends the following preventative measures:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • 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.

Again, your health and safety is our top priority and we will keep you informed of any changes in campus operations and resources.

President Maureen O’Connor