March 4, 2020 Update

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Dear Berry community:

Each day brings new reports regarding the spread of the COVID–19 virus nationally and internationally. In order to provide timely updates and answers to frequently asked questions, the college has established a webpage with relevant information and FAQs (also accessible from the college homepage.).

IMPORTANT - If you develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or who has recently traveled to an area with ongoing transmission, contact your health care provider immediately. While on campus, students should contact the Ladd Center. Employees (and students traveling away from campus) should first call their health care provider.

At this time, there are two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Georgia, both in Fulton County. The two individuals reside in the same household, and one had recently travelled to Italy. 

If you are traveling over spring break, please be alert to travel warnings, advisories, and health notices posted for the areas you visit.

  • If you choose to travel outside of the U.S., be sure to check entry and exit requirements for the U.S. and your intended destination before your departure and return. Travel restrictions may change on short notice and airlines may change or cancel flights in response.
  • There are currently no travel restrictions within the U.S., but this also could change.
  • Remember that the essentials of illness prevention are especially important in areas where large numbers of people in transit, such as airline, train, and bus terminals. Wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, nose, and mouth, and avoid others who appear ill. ·
  • While the risk of you contracting COVID-19 remains low; it is important that you not return to campus if you are ill. 

IMPORTANT:  Should you travel to an area that is currently listed by the CDC as a level 3 risk (an area with ongoing transmission), you must be evaluated by a health care provider prior to returning to campus and you will be subject to a 14-day quarantine at your own expense. If you travel to an area that is added to the restricted travel list within 14 days of your return, you may also be required to self-quarantine.

IMPORTANT:  Before you go to a clinic, doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about any recent travel and your symptoms. If you are sick, you should not return to campus until you are cleared by a health care provider.

Many thanks for your continued attentiveness and cooperation as we strive to ensure the health and well-being of our community.

Steve Briggs

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