COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information For the Jacksonville University community
Current University Information About COVID-19
At this time, there are no known cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) among members of the Jacksonville University community, and we do not believe that there is any immediate risk to our campus.
The University has assembled an experienced team of senior leaders with a wide range of expertise in human health, safety, communications, facilities, technology and student support. This team is meeting daily to monitor the evolving situation and implement guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and our state and local health departments.
Jacksonville University is moving all classroom instruction online for the remainder of the spring semester, beginning March 16, and continuing through the end of Summer I on June 20. Read the full announcement.
Faculty and staff who can work from home will continue to do so through April 30.
All events on campus are canceled until further notice. Commencement exercises have been postponed.
Students are now strongly encouraged to return home to their families as they complete this semester online. We recognize there may be barriers that prevent some students from returning home, particularly students from cities and countries with widespread community outbreaks. Therefore, students have the option to stay on campus. You should know that we will relocate all remaining students to a residence hall on the south end of campus, while still maintaining the recommended social distancing protocol. This allows us to better position resources and residential space on campus in the unlikely event we must respond to any COVID-19 cases on our campus. Read more about the changes to housing.
As a precaution, Jacksonville University is taking the following steps in accordance with CDC travel guidance:
If you have traveled internationally in the past two weeks or plan to travel internationally -- particularly to a country under a Level 3 Travel Health Notice -- please fill out our online form immediately. Anyone returning to the US from these areas is asked to quarantine themselves at home for 14 days, starting on the day they return. For more guidance on how and when to self-quarantine, please visit www.ju.edu/coronavirus.
City of Jacksonville
Mayor Lenny Curry issued an executive order, effective March 24, requiring any employees who can work from home to do so, and requiring that employees who cannot work from home remain at least six feet apart as much as possible.
What are the symptoms of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)?
Patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with:
- shortness of breath
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes that symptoms of COVID-19 appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days after exposure.
If you have any symptoms at all, please stay home.
How do I know if I have COVID-19?
COVID-19 and flu symptoms can be similar. To be at risk for COVID-19, symptom onset would have to be within 14 days of travel from an affected area OR within 14 days of close contact with a person who is under investigation for COVID-19 while that person was ill.
If you are at risk, stay home and isolate yourself from other people and pets. Do not go to work, classes, athletic events, or other social gatherings until 14 days after the date of your departure from the country in question. Follow these guidelines for self-isolation:
- Report any symptoms of COVID-19 immediately to Student Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Stay in your room or apartment. Do not go to work, classes, athletic events, or other social or religious gatherings until 14 days after your exposure.
- Limit contact as much as possible. This also means limiting contact with persons living in your residence.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with your upper sleeve or a tissue. Never cough in the direction of someone else.
- Wash your hands with soap and water, or use alcohol-based hand rubs after coughing or sneezing or throwing a used tissue in the garbage.
- Avoid sharing household items. Do not share drinking glasses, towels, eating utensils, bedding, or any other items until you are no longer asked to self-isolate.
- Keep your surroundings clean. If you live in a dormitory, facilities will clean common areas, but it is up to residents to keep their own living spaces clean. While the virus is not spread very well from contact with soiled household surfaces, try to clean surfaces that you share with others, such as door knobs, telephones, and bathroom surfaces (or any other object that you sneeze or cough on), with a standard household disinfectant such as Clorox wipes. Wash your hands after cleaning the area.
What do I do if I think I have Coronavirus Disease 2019?
The CDC recommends you call ahead to a healthcare professional 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 if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread. Your healthcare professional will work with Florida’s public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.
What do I do if I think someone else has Coronavirus Disease 2019?
If you know someone experiencing symptoms, please urge them to contact the Duval County Health Department at 904-253-1850 and Student Affairs at email@example.com immediately.
What is the treatment for coronavirus?
People infected with COVID-19 receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. Currently, there is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19 infection.
Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at 1:09 p.m.
As the number of COVID-19 cases here in the U.S. and around the globe continues to climb, Jacksonville University is closely monitoring updated recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other federal, state and local authorities. You’re invited to join President Cost and some of his cabinet members for a Virtual Town Hall on Thursday at noon to hear more updates, including preliminary plans for a rescheduled commencement ceremony and celebration of our Class of 2020.
The following are updated precautions the University is taking as of today:
In line with the latest recommendations from the federal government, Jacksonville University is extending the work-from-home period for faculty and staff until April 30. Faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to conduct their duties and responsibilities from home during this time period and to continue practicing social distancing.
While some students and essential personnel remain on campus with the ability to access some facilities, the University asks everyone to avoid gatherings of 10 or more people and maintain a distance of 6 feet from others, as recommended by federal authorities.
Based on new CDC recommendations, anyone who recently traveled from New York, New Jersey or Connecticut is asked to self-quarantine off campus for 14 days. Please be aware that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has set up checkpoints on major interstates to identify incoming travelers from these areas, as well as Louisiana, and to require them to self-quarantine. Drivers leaving Florida will not be stopped.
While there are currently no known cases of COVID-19 on our campus, some students have notified the University that they are self-quarantined off campus out of an abundance of caution and in line with federal and state guidelines. We continue to stay in regular contact with those individuals and will update you immediately if there is a confirmed case impacting our campus.
Students who have chosen to remain on campus are welcome to stay, and we will continue to support them with essential services. These students are also welcome to check out of their residence hall and return home to their families at any time.
As a reminder, anyone experiencing symptoms of any kind, including a fever, should stay home and contact their health provider. You can find more information on how to get tested in Jacksonville online. That’s also where students, faculty and staff can find all the online resources available to them, or you can submit your questions to CareTeam@ju.edu.
For reliable, up-to-date information, visit:
- Florida Department of Health
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 Overview
- World Health Organization