Update from the President — March 17, 2020

Dear Mac Family,

While I am pleased to report there are no active cases of COVID-19 within our college community, the "normal" life we enjoyed only a week or so ago has changed dramatically in ways that affect all of us. Local, state and federal officials have moved quickly to mitigate the overall risk of transmission and to "flatten the curve" of anticipated patients into our healthcare system, which is prudent.

We're doing our part at MacMurray, too, starting with last week's decision to extend spring break until March 23. After consultations with various groups on campus today, I am writing to share MacMurray's plans for the remainder of spring semester 2020.

Classes:

Residence Halls:

MacMurray Operations:

Highlander Athletics:

If you have any questions about these decisions, please contact me.

For more information about COVID-19, here is the link to the Center for Disease Control's Coronavirus Fact Sheet. In addition, the Illinois Department of Public Health has a statewide hotline at (800) 889-3931 to answer any questions about the coronavirus or to report a suspected case.

Finally, and more than anything, our most important obligation as we make these decisions is your safety and security.

I know how disruptive and disappointing this has been for all of us. Please know I appreciate your patience and understanding as we confront an unprecedented set of circumstances.

Thank you,

Beverly Rodgers, PhD
President

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Statement from the President — March 12, 2020

Dear Mac Family,

Out of great concern for our students, faculty and staff, representatives of the College attended an informational session at Passavant Area Hospital this morning. With the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis evolving rapidly, I wanted to advise you of decisions we have made based on what we know today and potential next steps we will take into account over the next several days.

First, MacMurray College will extend spring break by one week, with classes tentatively scheduled to resume on March 23. Our first priority is and always has been the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. We are therefore directing all students to remain at home and not return to campus.

I want to emphasize there are no confirmed cases of Coronavirus at MacMurray College, in Jacksonville, or in Morgan County. We will monitor the situation over the next several days and continue to consult with public health officials about our plans.

Second, as part of our contingency planning, we are preparing for the possibility of transitioning all classes to remote learning. We are consulting with faculty and staff on those potential plans and working to ensure our students can complete coursework and graduation requirements.

We recognize these decisions are disruptive to you personally and are not choices any of us expected to have to make just a few days ago. It's fair to say that each day this week has brought more questions than answers.

I hope you understand we have the MacMurray Family's best interests at heart with today's decision and those we may have to make in the next few days. As we have seen in the last 24 hours, this situation is changing almost by the minute, but I pledge to keep you informed as quickly as possible.

Thank you,

Beverly E Rodgers, PhD.
President

From the Illinois Department of Public Health

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people, and others that circulate among animals, including camels, cats, and bats. Rarely animal coronaviruses can evolve and infect people and then spread between people.

Human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and commonly cause mild to moderate illness in people worldwide. However, the emergence of novel (new) coronaviruses, such as SARS and MERS, have been associated with more severe respiratory illness.

Symptoms

Common human coronaviruses usually cause mild to moderate upper-respiratory tract illnesses, like the common cold. These illnesses usually only last for a short amount of time. Symptoms may include

Human coronaviruses can sometimes cause lower-respiratory tract illnesses, such as pneumonia or bronchitis.

Transmission

Human coronaviruses most commonly spread from an infected person to others through

Prevention

The following can help prevent the spread of coronaviruses and protect yourself from becoming infected.

There are currently no vaccines to protect against human coronavirus infection.

Treatment

There are no specific treatments. To help relieve symptoms

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