Feb. 28 Message to Parents/Guardians of Undergraduates: COVID-19 and Protecting Our Students

To Parents and Guardians of Our Undergraduates:

In the wake of growing fears about the widening spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to update you regarding Case Western Reserve’s ongoing response.

First, though, we want to reiterate a fundamental university principle: The safety and well-being of students is our absolute highest priority.

Ever since news of COVID-19 began to reach beyond China in January, a team of key university leaders has been working to address immediate and evolving health concerns. Our first and second COVID-19 communications went to students, with categories of recipients broadening from there. You can find all communications on our webpage dedicated to the topic, or access them via the link on the university’s homepage, case.edu.

In this message we want to emphasize a handful of key points:

  • To date, we have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the university or in the entire state of Ohio.
  • Case Western Reserve is closely following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We also are consulting with infectious disease experts within the university community, as well as local and state public health agencies.
  • Members of the university community returning from countries the CDC designates as Level 3 (today, China and South Korea) are required to register with University Health and Counseling Services (UHCS) at least three days before coming back to campus. Health services staff then contact these individuals to provide guidance regarding 14-day self-isolation procedures.
  • Our Office of Education Abroad has assisted students in returning from countries designated as Level 3. They and UHCS are closely following global developments in the event they could impact upcoming spring break or May study abroad programs.

If you have any specific questions about our COVID-19 protocols and preparations, please first visit our updates page. If you do not see the answer there, do not hesitate to email us at covidprep@case.edu

Lou Stark
Vice President for Student Affairs

Sara Lee, MD
Executive Director, University Health and Counseling Services