Xavier University of Louisiana continues to monitor ongoing developments around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and take action in response. As of March 13, 2020, we will transition to online classes with face-to-face instruction canceled until further notice. The campus will remain open and all large gatherings will be canceled after the close of business on Friday, March 13. Competitive sporting events will occur but will be closed to spectators. We will continue to be guided in our actions by medical and public health professionals, and our team of university leaders is prepared to take additional steps to safeguard the health of our campus community as this incident continues to develop and evolve.
Since the emergence of the novel coronavirus in December 2019, campus health and public safety leaders have coordinated closely with the New Orleans Health Department and are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
The progression of the virus in recent weeks requires that we take steps in emergency preparations to ensure our responsiveness towards keeping the campus environment healthy and safe. Access to the most current guidance is critical. Please refer to the frequently asked questions and links below for further information on prevention and best practices.
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness, with mild to severe symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath confirmed in patients.
To help prevent the spread of this illness, Xavier encourages the members of the University community to continue standard wellness practices such as frequent hand-washing; covering the nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing; avoiding sharing cups, utensils, water bottles, and other personal items; and staying home when sick and avoiding others who are sick.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, and now with this novel (new) coronavirus, which was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).
The virus is thought to be transmitted from person-to-person in close contact (about 6 feet). The virus may be spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes and produces respiratory droplets that infect a nearby person. People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic; however, some spread might be possible before people show symptoms.
If you are experiencing symptoms, you should contact your medical provider or your university health center, if applicable.
At this time, there is no vaccine that prevents COVID-19 infection. You can reduce your risk of contracting respiratory viruses, including COVID-19, by taking the following precautions:
No, essential and non-essential staff report to work only
Yes, when notice is given to return to on-campuses, you may return to your work-study assignment based on your remaining allocated hours.
Xavier University Police
Campus Ext. 7490
Outside Line 504-520-7490
Emergency Line 504-486-7656
X-Formation (Anonymous Calls) Ext # 3333
Xavier Health Services
Campus Ext. 7392
Outside Line 504-520-7392
New Orleans Police Department
New Orleans Fire Department
Emergency Medical Services
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