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Tarleton continues to monitor the spread of the coronavirus, now known as COVID-19, as more cases are confirmed in the United States and other countries.

We continue to use the best advice and guidance available from the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionWorld Health Organization and the Texas Department of State Health Services. Tarleton leadership from across the university is meeting regularly to discuss and review the rapidly evolving situation regarding the spread of COVID-19.

We have activated the emergency operations plan and convened our response team to coordinate preparedness and response activities.

At this time, no one within our campus community has tested positive for COVID-19. Nevertheless, we want to make sure our community is informed and follows preventative measures.

Emergency Management on Campus

The university is relying on local and state health officials, as well as members of the Texas Division of Emergency Management, Centers for Disease and Preparedness and the World Health Organization, to ensure a consistent and coordinated response. The university also is working with The Texas A&M University System to ensure that issues related to campus communities are appropriately addressed.

Administration leaders are actively planning for a range of scenarios and potential short- and longer-term impacts, with particular focus on the health and well-being of the university community, as well as on the continuity of university operations.

Despite the rapidly changing nature of this situation, we are prepared to respond as necessary. Student Health Services and the departments of Student Affairs and Academic Affairs, along with many campus partners, all are paying close attention to this situation.

Dr. Ben Neuman Speaks about Coronavirus

Few scientists in the world know more about coronaviruses than Dr. Ben Neuman, head of the biology department at Texas A&M University-Texarkana.

He has studied coronaviruses for 24 years in England and the United States. His expertise in virology earned him a position on the international committee that named SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus causing the COVID-19 pandemic.

His knowledge and engaging way of explaining the science of the virus has placed him in demand among some of the biggest news media outlets in Europe and Asia and North America. Dr. Neuman has been a guest on about 150 television shows and more than 200 radio shows, and he has been interviewed in several thousand news articles.

In March he began hosting “Dr. Ben Neuman’s Science Group” on Facebook to answer children’s questions about COVID-19.

“Context is what really makes a scary thing less scary,” Dr. Neuman says. “When you understand what’s going on and why everything is happening, all of the sudden everything makes sense.”

Even in the midst of a global crisis, knowledge about COVID-19 and the novel coronavirus behind it can ease people’s fears.

“It’s an important role we play for the entire state,” said John Sharp, Chancellor of The Texas A&M System. “The scientists here are uniquely qualified to help people understand this outbreak.”

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Student Health Services Director Bridgette Bednarz recommends the same hygiene precautions as with other infectious diseases, such as the flu:

  • Wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitizer (located throughout campus)
  • Avoid shaking hands
  • Disinfect frequently touched objects using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Stay home when sick and avoid close contact with those who are
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Behavior of Bias

Be aware that concern around this emerging issue can lead to stigma and bias.

  • Coronavirus doesn’t recognize race, nationality or ethnicity.
  • Wearing a medical mask does not mean that a person is ill.