Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
Weekly Campus Update:
May 13, 2020
Now, more than ever, Rhode Island’s college has a vital role in supporting the state’s recovery. As the state’s comprehensive public college with high-quality academic programs at every level and an unmatched return on investment, we are actively engaged with powering-up the state’s economy while securing our role as an anchor in the community.
IMPORTANT Update for Students:
Information regarding: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Rhode Island College is closely following the most current information and guidelines regarding this outbreak, including specific guidelines laid out for college campuses across the country according to the CDC and the Rhode Island Department of Health. For the most recent recommendations regarding this illness, please refer to the following links:
The COVID-19 Self-checker tool: The state has launched the
Rhode Island COVID-19 Self-Checker: a web-based, mobile-friendly tool that will help Rhode Islanders make decisions about seeking appropriate medical care and testing.
Rhode Island Department of Health: https://health.ri.gov/diseases/respiratory/?parm=163
State Department Travel Advisories: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html
CDC Department Travel Advisories: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices
CDC COVID 19 Information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
World Health Organization (WHO) COVID 19 Information: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
CDC Coronavirus Disease Fact Sheets:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf
CDC - Caring for Yourself at Home:
CDC - What To Do if You Are Sick:
We always recommend that students embrace the following health safety practices:
- Frequently clean hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
- Cough or sneeze into a flexed elbow or tissue. Throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands;
- Don’t share drink containers, utensils or other personal use items;
- Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick or has a fever and cough;
- Do not travel if you are sick. If you have a fever, cough and/or difficulty breathing, seek medical care.
One of the most important messages for us to remember is that someone's nationality alone is not a risk factor for coronavirus. "Someone's risk for 2019 novel coronavirus is closely tied to their recent travel history, and the travel histories of their immediate contacts—specifically, travel to mainland China or close contact with a person confirmed to have 2019 novel coronavirus." There are steps we can take to support our families’ mental and physical health during an infectious disease outbreak. The Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress at the Uniformed Services University offers guidance for talking to your children about the novel coronavirus and emergency preparedness. This resource can be found at:
Taking Care of Your Family During Coronavirus and Other Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks
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