Tech establishes coronavirus task force, cancels travel

COOKEVILLE – Even though there has not been a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Cookeville area, Tennessee Tech officials are taking precautions just in case it does happen.

Last week, Tech established a task force appointed by President Phil Oldham, with representatives from residential life, student affairs, academic affairs, media relations, food services and the president’s office. The task force met on Friday and will maintain regular meetings, notifying campus of any updates twice a week, and also on a needed basis.

“We want students, parents and the campus community to be confident that we are in constant communication with local and state officials to help us provide accurate and timely information,” Oldham said. 

Among the action being taken by Tech is preparing all scenarios with the goal of allowing students to complete the semester with a final grade.

In addition, all official university-related international travel is suspended indefinitely. Tech strongly encourages all campus community members to curtail personal international travel and be mindful of domestic travel.

Travel directives are based on the increased risk of being quarantined and/or experiencing lengthy travel delays.

“Here at Tennessee Tech, Health Services has been working along with senior administration and local/state partners for several weeks developing a plan to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff,” said Leigh Ann Ray, FNP, director of JJ Oakley Campus Health Services. “Currently, the best recommended practice to stop the spread of germs is to wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds often, avoid touching your face with your hands, and stay home if you are sick.”

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