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Important Update on COVID-19 Cases

March 19, 2020
To: 
University Community
From: 
Christopher P. Holstege, Student Health & Wellness, and Patricia M. Lampkin, Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer

Dear University Community,

Earlier today the Virginia Department of Health confirmed three new cases of COVID-19 in the Charlottesville area.

One of those cases is a UVA student who lives off Grounds in Albemarle County. The student, who is believed to have contracted the virus during recent international travel, is in isolation and receiving care following protocols from the Virginia Department of Health. We wish this student a speedy recovery during this difficult time.

The Virginia Department of Health is leading the effort, with the assistance of University officials, to identify people who were in contact with this individual, reaching out to those individuals, and arranging for their self-isolation, if necessary.

The health and well-being of our students, faculty and staff is our highest priority. We realize a case of COVID-19 within our student body creates a heightened sense of anxiety and concern. The University coronavirus page offers a number of resources to help community members stay healthy and to cope with the strain this period is placing on all of us.

As a reminder, as we work together to mitigate the spread of this disease, it is important that you continue to practice healthy habits:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Avoid sharing anything that has come in contact with saliva, whether in your living or social environments.

  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.

  • Additional information is available from the CDC.

If you have questions, please respond to this email at covidinformation@virginia.edu or call 877-685-4836 (domestic) or 1-202-800-2408 (international).

We have posted notification of this recent case on the UVA coronavirus website. As a result of the expected spread of the coronavirus and the development of additional testing capacity, there will likely be additional cases in the coming days. We will not be emailing about each of them, but our default will be to post notifications of new cases to the coronavirus website and to email about new cases sparingly.

Thank you all for your continued support and compassion during this challenging time.

Christopher P. Holstege, M.D.
Department of Student Health & Wellness

Patricia M. Lampkin
Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer