As Spring Break nears, we want to assure everyone that we are continuing to monitor the situation with regard to the COVID-19 virus. The health and safety of our community is our No. 1 priority, and we are taking pro-active steps to keep our community informed. We also want to assure you that at this time there are no confirmed cases of the virus on our campus, nor in the state of West Virginia, and that the state’s Department of Health indicates that the immediate health risk is low.

Upon first learning of COVID-19, we have been following the guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization, and the DHHR. In light of reports of additional cases of COVID-19 in Asia and Europe, new travel warnings were issued by the CDC on Wednesday. At present, the CDC recommends refraining from any non-essential travel to China and South Korea, but travelers are being advised to delay travel to Iran, Italy and Japan considering the growing number of cases in those countries.

For more on the travel-related warnings, visit the CDC website, which also contains answers to commonly asked questions regarding COVID-19 and preventative steps we each can take to stay healthy. Some of these steps include: regularly washing your hands and connecting with our student health center right away should you begin to feel ill.

Our center can be reached at 304.829.7567.

For those traveling this Spring Break, March 6-16, we encourage you to stay informed about COVID-19. As a reminder, Bethany has suspended all College-sponsored travel by students, faculty, and staff to China and South Korea in adherence with Federal-issued warning levels.

As new information becomes available, we will be sure to update you.