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Swine Flu (H1N1) Update as of May 1

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  • Swine Flu (H1N1) Update as of May 1

  • 05/01/09
  • May 1, 2009

    The stage is set, chairs are in place and Roanoke College is ready for Commencement!

    Roanoke College continues to monitor the outbreak of Influenza A (H1N1). Two cases have been confirmed by officials in Virginia and they report the individuals have recovered. There are no cases on campus. The College is regularly monitoring recommendations from the Virginia Department of Health and the CDC.

    Baccalaureate and Commencement are on schedule. The College has some extra precautions in place for the events (such as additional hand sanitizers and additional hours for the Student Health Center.)

    Student Health Services will be open on Saturday until 2 p.m. for any students or guests who might be ill or starting to feel symptoms. The phone for Health Services is (540) 375-2286. They can be reached any time through Campus Safety by calling (540) 375-2310.

    For those who plan to attend, the College recommends practicing healthy hygiene and social distancing to help avoid the spread of germs. Help yourself and others stay healthy by following these guidelines:

    • Wash your hands thoroughly and often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners also are effective.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs commonly spread that way.
    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
    • If you are sick, stay home from work, school, campus events and errands. This will help prevent others from catching the illness.
    • For students who are feeling ill or experiencing flu symptoms, please notify Student Health Services immediately at 540-375-2286 or Campus Safety after office hours, (540) 375-2310. There is no charge to students for these services.
    • Practice good health habits, including getting plenty of sleep, being physically active, managing your stress, drinking plenty of fluids and eating nutritious foods.
    • Social distancing includes steps such as limiting contact with others by avoiding shaking hands, hugging, etc.

    Symptoms of Influenza A (H1N1) swine flu (according to the CDC) are: fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing. Some people with swine flu have also reported runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

    CDC is recommending that individuals, particularly those with chronic health problems, avoid crowded areas. Any individual who feels sick or has symptoms of the flu (students, faculty, staff or campus guests) should NOT attend Baccalaureate or Commencement events. Instead, the College recommends participation via the Internet broadcast of Commencement.

    Unless the Influenza outbreak changes in Virginia or the recommendations from CDC and VDH are updated, the College will discontinue daily updates in favor of updates as the situation changes. Best wishes to all Roanoke graduates and their family and friends joining the celebration!


    April 30, 2009

    Roanoke College officials continue to monitor the outbreak of H1N1 (swine) flu and the College's emergency group is meeting daily. Currently, there are no changes to scheduled events.

    According to the Virginia Department of Health, there are no confirmed cases in Virginia. World Health Organization (WHO) raised the phase of pandemic alert to Phase V on April 29.

    Baccalaureate and Commencement will go on as scheduled for Friday and Saturday, May 1 and 2. www.roanoke.edu/commencement For those who plan to attend, the College recommends practicing healthy hygiene and social distancing to help avoid the spread of germs. Help yourself and others stay healthy by following these guidelines:

    • If you are sick, stay home from work, school, campus events and errands. This will help prevent others from catching the illness.
    • For students who are feeling ill or experiencing flu symptoms, please notify Student Health Services immediately at 540-375-2286 or Campus Safety after office hours, (540) 375-2310. There is no charge to students for these services.
    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
    • Wash your hands thoroughly and often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners also are effective.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs commonly spread that way.
    • Practice good health habits, including getting plenty of sleep, being physically active, managing your stress, drinking plenty of fluids and eating nutritious foods.
    • Social distancing includes steps such as limiting contact with others by avoiding shaking hands, hugging, etc.

    Symptoms of the swine flu (according to the CDC) are: fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing. Some people with swine flu have also reported runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

    CDC is recommending that individuals, particularly those with chronic health problems, avoid crowded areas. Any individual who feels sick or has symptoms of the flu (students, faculty, staff or campus guests) should NOT attend Baccalaureate or Commencement events. Instead, the college recommends participation via the internet broadcast of Commencement. http://web.roanoke.edu/Offices_and_Services/Commencement_2009/Webcast.htm



    April 29, 2009

    Roanoke College continues to monitor the swine flu outbreak and the advisories from the CDC and other agencies. Today it appears there are no significant changes to the advisories posted. Therefore, Roanoke College plans to continue with campus activities scheduled, such as Maroon athletic events, baccalaureate and commencement. Additional updates will be provided if the situation changes, or each day this week by Noon.

    A special note to the campus community and guests planning to attend tonight's athletic event:

    If you have recently traveled to Mexico or other regions where the swine flu outbreak is active, the College asks you to strongly consider whether you participate in this widely attended campus event. If you choose not to attend, an option is available to participate via streaming video on the internet broadcast. See maroons.roanoke.edu for information and a links to the broadcast.


    April 28, 2009

    Roanoke College is following closely the recent swine flu outbreak in Mexico and now in the United States. Approximately 64 cases have been identified in the United States as of April 28. Unlike the experience in Mexico, these cases have been relatively mild, resulting in only two hospitalizations and no deaths. The symptoms of swine flu are very similar to seasonal flu, including fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people also have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with swine flu. There are no confirmed cases in the state of Virginia.

    Roanoke College is monitoring the swine flu situation closely and working with officials from Virginia Department of Health and others. At this time, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is not recommending the cancellation of large gatherings. Therefore, athletic events, senior week events, Baccalaureate and Commencement are scheduled as planned.

    The College is monitoring CDC Advisories closely and will provide updates to the campus each day this week by Noon with any possible changes to the situation. Please continue to monitor your email and the College website for updates.

    In the meantime, there are many steps you can take to remain healthy during this time:

    • If you are sick, stay home from work, school, campus events and errands. This will help prevent others from catching the illness.
    • For students, faculty or staff who are feeling ill or experiencing flu symptoms, please notify Student Health Services immediately at 540-375-2286 or Campus Safety after office hours, (540) 375-2310. There is no charge to students for these services.
    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
    • Wash your hands thoroughly and often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners also are effective.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs commonly spread that way.
    • Practice good health habits, including getting plenty of sleep, being physically active, managing your stress, drinking plenty of fluids and eating nutritious foods.

    Symptoms of the swine flu (according to the CDC) are: fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing. Some people with swine flu have also reported runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

    If students have completed exams and do not plan to stay for commencement, they are encouraged to return home as planned.

    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are conducting an ongoing investigation to learn more about this novel virus. Roanoke College will keep the College community advised of any changes in public health recommendations.

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