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Message from Provost Rowlands: September 15

To: Faculty, Staff and Students
From: Provost Sue Ott Rowlands
Date:  9/15/20
Subject: Update from COVID-19 Preparedness Team

Dear Campus Community,

We have been receiving many questions about positive COVID-19 cases on our campus. To address this, the regional dashboard has been updated to show the daily rolling figures on our campus. The number of new self-reported cases to NKU has been holding steady at five or fewer, which is very good compared to other universities and institutions. You are all doing a great job! Continuing our Norse Nine principles for proper health habits will go a long way to keeping our campus healthy.

Another thing to keep in mind this fall is to get your flu shot early. NKU’s Health Services will announce when they receive our shipment, so keep an eye on my COVID update messages and This Week at NKU newsletter to learn when the influenza vaccine will be available. Public Health officials are stressing the importance of flu shots as evidence clearly shows that vaccination can reduce flu severity and prevent hospitalizations. This is critical when the health care system is burdened by COVID-19, and it is important to note for our campus population given a recent Journal of the American Medical Association article that shows 21% of 18-34 year-olds who were hospitalized for COVID-19 ended up in the ICU and 10% required a ventilator. Even after six months of navigating this pandemic, we must remember there are serious implications to this virus, and we must not get complacent.

Continue to check in with our Healthy@NKU app before coming to campus. If you receive a notification to stay home or if you’re sick, please remember:

  • To review our flow charts for students or for faculty and staff to understand the next steps you should take. If you are sick, contact Health Services or your healthcare provider.
  • To self-report your positive COVID-19 case, visit this online form for faculty, staff and students. This form assures uniform reporting and record keeping, while also protecting people’s privacy.

Thanks for all you do for our campus and community. Let’s keep up the good work and enjoy the fall activities while maintaining social distancing.


Sue Ott Rowlands
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Northern Kentucky University