March 9 Message to Students: COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in NE Ohio

To Our Students:

As many of you may be aware, Ohio’s governor announced three confirmed cases of COVID-19, all of them in Cuyahoga County (which includes Case Western Reserve).

The three individuals are in their mid-50s; two recently returned from a cruise on the Nile River in Africa, and the third from a Washington, D.C., conference that saw three other attendees test positive for COVID-19.

To our knowledge, none of Ohio’s confirmed cases involve members of the campus community.

As you may be aware, yesterday Provost Ben Vinson III emailed faculty and staff involved in teaching to ask that they review preparations for delivering courses remotely. Last week, Executive Director for University Health and Counseling Services Sara Lee provided guidance for students in our nursing, dental medicine, and medical schools regarding guidelines for those engaging in clinical activities.

We will continue to update you regarding the university’s responses to additional developments and information regarding COVID-19; for now, please know that we continue to consult with colleagues at peer institutions as well as local infectious disease experts.

In the meantime, if you have any health concerns related to COVID-19, please contact University Health Services at 216.368.2450. Please do not stop by the building without a scheduled appointment. If you would like to talk with someone about fears or worries about COVID-19 as it relates to you, your family or others close to you, please contact counseling services at 216.368.5872.

We will provide additional updates as developments warrant.

Lou Stark
Vice President for Student Affairs

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