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Dear NKU Campus Community:

We are committed to keeping you informed on any Coronavirus developments. This weekend, we learned about a case of possible Coronavirus impacting the NKU community. However, please note– we still have zero confirmed cases of Coronavirus at NKU.

On Saturday, NKU hosted elementary, middle and high school students at a camp in Landrum. We were informed by a parent of two of the students that a family member, who recently visited them, was being tested out-of-state for “likely” Coronavirus. The family is following the Northern Kentucky Health Department instructions to self-quarantine and await the test results, which are due later this week.

In response, NKU has taken the following actions:

To be proactive in this evolving situation, we are taking precautionary measure to keep our campus and community healthy. All youth activities scheduled on NKU’s campus through Saturday, March 14 have been canceled. This follows the CDC’s guidance for social distancing and limiting close contact with people.

Also this weekend, Kentucky confirmed four COVID-19 cases. Governor Beshear announced on Sunday positive tests came from Harrison, Fayette and Jefferson counties and that each person who tested positive is currently in isolation. More information on Kentucky’s cases can be found on the Kentucky Department of Health’s COVID-19 webpage.

As we continue to navigate cold and flu season, being vigilant helps us protect our community as a whole. Stay home if you feel sick or have a fever. The Northern Kentucky Health Department has these recommendations if you are sick:

  • Keep in mind this is a virus and treat the illness as you would with any other virus, like the flu. If you have runny nose, cough, fever or other common respiratory infection symptoms, take Tylenol- or Motrin-like products and stay home until you are fever-free for 24 hours.
  • If you think you need medical care, call your healthcare provider for their instruction before leaving home.
  • NKU’s Health Services has set up a telephone triage for those who are sick and need a consultation. Please call 859-572-5650.
  • Visit an emergency department if you believe you have an emergency. The Kentucky Health Department recommends people only go to the emergency room for an illness that would have taken you to the hospital BEFORE COVID-19.
  • All other questions about COVID-19 can be directed to the Kentucky Department of Health hotline at 1-800-722-5725.

NKU’s Coronavirus Preparedness web page is updated with the best and latest information about the virus and NKU’s campus response. Last week, the university canceled several education abroad programs in the best interest of our students, faculty, staff, and community. The preparedness team will also join the President’s Cabinet for Coronavirus tabletop exercise next week to help us prepare our campus. NKU’s Coronavirus Preparedness page includes the following helpful links:

Finally, we must emphasize proper habits for good health:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially:
    • Before, during and after you prepare food,
    • Before you eat and after you use the bathroom,
    • After handling cash,
    • More frequently when someone in your home is sick.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Frequently clean doorknobs, light switches, phones and other items commonly touched with disinfectant wipes.
  • Avoid contact with people who are obviously sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then discard it in the trash.
  • With spring-break travel this week, stay up-to-date with the latest travel information from the CDC.

Our top priority is always the health, safety and wellbeing of our campus community. We ask that you remain flexible if a fellow staff member, faculty member or student is sick. If you have questions or concerns about your situation, please have a conversation with your supervisor.

I wish you continued good health and thank you for your attention and vigilance.


Sue Ott Rowlands
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs