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Update on MassArt Spring 2020 Travel & Coronavirus Preparation

Tower in Springtime

Dear MassArt Community:

At this writing, there are no cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) on the MassArt campus and Massachusetts remains at low risk for the spread of the disease. We continue to closely monitor developments related to the spread of the coronavirus (also known as COVID-19), doing everything we can to ensure the health and well-being of our community, taking guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

As we head into Spring Break, we want to share some important information regarding travel: 


SPRING BREAK 

  • In light of Spring Break, MassArt community members should contemplate their immediate travel plans in consideration of the CDC's risk assessment by country
     
  • If you are returning from a country with a Level 2 or 3 Travel Health Notice, you are advised to stay home 14 days, away from the MassArt campus, in alignment with the CDC's advisory
     
  • International students considering overseas travel are encouraged to consult our page on Travel In and Out of the US

WHAT TO DO IF YOU FEEL ILL

If you are feeling unwell and think you might have contracted the coronavirus, please do not come to campus. Instead, remotely email sick@massart.edu or 617.879.SICK (for Faculty & Staff) or samantha.mekrut@medexpress.com or 617.879.5220 (for Students) and contact your Primary Care Physician/local Emergency Room for further instructions.

Additional individual questions will be assessed and responded to by appropriate parties (i.e. working from home, sick leave, etc)


ONGOING RESPONSE

  • MassArt has canceled all school-sponsored spring break domestic and international travel
     
  • Students enrolled in semester abroad programs in countries with a CDC Warning Level 3 Travel Health Notice have been instructed to return to the US
     
  • Signs and instructions for proper hand washing techniques have been installed in all restrooms on campus 

LEARN MORE

To learn more about the coronavirus, risk assessment, situation updates, and more, please visit the following links before attempting to contact MassArt: 


HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF & OTHERS

The World Health Organization recommends

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Use hand sanitizer when hand-washing is not an option
  • Maintain social distancing (1-3ft) with those that are coughing or sneezing 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow when you cough or sneeze 
  • Disinfect common surfaces (door knobs, counters, desks, etc.)
  • If you are unwell, stay home

Thank you for following these recommendations. As we approach Spring Break, stay safe, please rest, and be well.

David

David Nelson
President