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Message from Provost Rowlands: October 27

To: Faculty, Staff and Students
From: Provost Sue Ott Rowlands
Date:  10/27/20
Subject: Update from COVID-19 Preparedness Team

Dear Campus Community,

As October ends, we start moving into the holiday season, beginning with Halloween. This year, it lands on a Saturday, which makes it even easier to gather with your friends or family members. However, 2020 is unlike years past. This year, we are battling a global pandemic at a time when cases are spiking across our country. We know it’s a fun holiday that people look forward to, with trick or treating and costume parties. As you celebrate, please continue to be vigilant and practice the NORSE NINE principles. In general, the more closely you interact with others and the longer the interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread. Therefore, if you decide to take part in public activities, continue to protect yourself by wearing a facial covering over your mouth and nose, maintaining at least 6 feet apart and washing your hands often. Please also remember, the Commonwealth restricts mass gatherings of more than 10 people for counties not considered in the red zone. The northern Kentucky counties are all in the orange category.

Health, Counseling & Student Wellness (HCSW) is a great resource to answer your questions, perform COVID 19 testing and provide emotional support as this pandemic continues to affect our daily lives. HCSW is also holding a drive through flu shot clinic in the University Garage on Thursday, October 29, 2020 from 8:00am-11:00am. This year, vaccination is more important than ever to provide protection against the flu and its complications, and you can get your flu shot from the comfort of your car. Pre-registration is required, and the clinic is open to students, faculty and staff. Most health insurance companies cover the cost of yearly flu vaccinations. Please contact HCSW@nku.edu to register or for more information. Flu vaccines are also available by appointment only in the HCSW office. Call X-5650 to schedule.

NKU’s faculty, staff and students have been working together to keep our campus community safe in these challenging times. Please continue to take precautions on campus, and in your personal life, to ensure that our community remains healthy, strong and safe. NORSE PROTECT NORSE!

Sincerely,

Sue Ott Rowlands
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Northern Kentucky University
859.572.5788
sottrowlands@nku.edu