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Coronavirus Update 2/28

Dear Woodbury Campus Community,

We would like to provide an update on the coronavirus (COVID-19), as it relates to campus activities.

The University is working closely with the Los Angeles Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to monitor updates.

As of now, the risk of COVID-19 spreading in Los Angeles County residents is currently low, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

 While Los Angeles has not declared a state of emergency, we would like to explain why many municipalities are declaring one. Declaring a state of emergency allows government entities to obtain resources and immediately pass laws so that businesses cannot increase prices on valuable items. When a state of emergency is declared during the fire season, hotels are not able to raise their rates exponentially. These same actions are taking place across the country in anticipation of a pandemic.

We would like to take this time to remind you that the most effective way to protect yourself from COVID-19 or the flu virus is to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer. When washing hands, use warm water and scrub for at least twenty seconds. Refrain from touching items in public, shaking hands with others, and touching your face with your hands. Hand sanitizer is also a great way to protect yourself. Woodbury University has a supply that is forthcoming and will be distributed across campus in the coming days.

We would like to reiterate that our community members consume news and updated information through trusted sources. In the era of misinformation, it is vital that you visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the LA County Department of Public Health online. These government websites are regularly updated and provide accurate information. Woodbury University is also in contact with these agencies, and University officials are working together to ensure we are always up to date with the latest information.

As a reminder, the University will always provide emergency communications by way of text, email, or phone call. At this time, we do not foresee canceling classes or asking community members to shelter in place. These decisions will always be transparent and immediately communicated to our community members.

Woodbury University’s commitment to the health and safety of our community is of the utmost importance. As such, we have created an official means of communication for any inquires that are coronavirus related. You can send questions to helpdesk.campus.security@woodbury.edu

For updated COVID-19 virus information, please visit www.woodbury.edu/coronavirus.

We will continue to monitor all events as they occur and look forward to providing a safe and healthy campus.

Updated on  February 28th, 2020.