COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information For the Jacksonville University community

Current University Information About COVID-19

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.

Remote Learning

Jacksonville University is moving all classroom instruction online through August 21.

Remote Work

Faculty and staff who can work from home will continue to do so through May 31.

Financial Measures

Learn about the actions Jacksonville University is taking to secure our financial future: Furlough & Salary Reduction Information.

Events Restricted

All events on campus are canceled until further notice. Commencement exercises have been postponed until October 2020 during Homecoming & Family Weekend.

Residential Students

This summer, 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 who were already living on campus have the option to stay. All remaining students will stay in 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.

Athletics

All organized athletic related activity for all sports has been canceled for the remainder of the spring semester.

Self-Quarantine

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

The City of Jacksonville is under a "safer at home" order. All individuals who do not work in "essential services" should stay home and only venture out for essential business.

 

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:

  • fever
  • cough
  • 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 careteam@ju.edu.
  • 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.

Complete CDC guidance on what to do if you’re sick.

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 careteam@ju.edu 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.

Thursday, April 30, 2020, at 12:00 p.m.

Jacksonville University continues to closely monitor the global COVID-19 outbreak and the latest recommendations from local, state and federal authorities. With the spring semester behind us and distance learning continuing through Summer II terms, the University is taking steps now to plan for the possibility of students returning to campus later this year, when it is deemed safe to do so.

The safety of our students, faculty and staff remains at the center of all the University’s decision making. To that end, the University has established a new task force of experienced senior leaders and experts to explore all options for our fall semester, a process many other universities are beginning as well. The task force will assist in developing plans and policies that align with government and accreditation guidelines within areas such as academic instruction, housing, dining, events, activities, and the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing our facilities. 

Once it is safe for students to return to campus, there may be modifications to our normal campus operations and activities that promote social distancing and other government recommendations. These are among the many considerations the task force will be tackling in the weeks ahead, and the University will communicate those decisions as they are finalized by the senior leadership team.

Through the summer, University Communications will continue updating the campus regularly with important reminders and new information related to this ongoing public health and economic emergency. Please be sure to check your email, WAVE online, and www.ju.edu/coronavirus for the latest information. We look forward to the day our Dolphin family can safely be together again on our beautiful campus.  

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