Delta State University's response to Coronavirus

Coronavirus Update – March 13, 2020:

TO: Delta State University
FROM: DSU President William N. LaForge
NEW INFO: Coronavirus Update from President LaForge – March 13, 2020

I have several updates to share with you regarding changes in Delta State’s operations and services as a result of updated information at the local, state, regional, and national levels related to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Our updates on this matter are time-sensitive. Changing conditions, government orders, and IHL mandates and guidance can alter plans and services in a short time span. Please continue to consult your email, Delta State’s website, and social media sources for updates regarding this very fluid and fast-changing issue.

Students

  • In yesterday’s Campus Update, I stated that residence halls were closed until further notice. The message should have stated that residence halls are open, but that we strongly urge students to remain at home for their health and well-being. As a reminder, any student who wishes to return to their residence hall, either to stay or to retrieve essential items, must contact the Housing Office at 662-846-4151 before doing so. At this time, students should not make plans to move all items out of the residence halls.

Athletics

  • The Gulf South Conference announced today that it has “suspended all athletic competition, countable athletic related activities, and off-campus recruiting for an indefinite period.”  Also, the NCAA has made the decision to cancel all postseason championships.

Health Center

  • In partnership with Bolivar Medical Center, the O.W. Reily Student Health Center will continue to be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. and 1:00–5:00 p.m.
  • If medical attention is needed at times other than those listed above, the Bolivar Medical Center’s After Hours Clinic will be open Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday from 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Quarantine Protocol

  • Before returning to campus, all faculty and staff who traveled internationally during spring break are to notify, by phone or email, their supervisor and vice president of the fact that they traveled internationally. They will be required to quarantine themselves for 14 days before returning to campus.
  • Before returning to campus, all students who traveled internationally during spring break, and who need to continue residing on campus while classes are being held online, are to notify, by phone or email, the Housing Department of the fact that they traveled internationally. The Housing staff will re-locate the affected student(s) to the designated quarantine area in the residence halls for 14 days.
  • Any student who continues residing on campus while classes are being held online, and who is tested for the coronavirus, should notify the Housing Department of the test.  The Housing staff will re-locate students who have been tested to the designated quarantine area in the residence halls until the test results are received.  If the coronavirus test is negative, the student will be transferred back to their regular room.  If the coronavirus test is positive, the Housing staff will re-locate the student to the designated quarantine area in the residence halls for 14 days.

Campus Bookstore

  • The Jimmy R. Williams Bookstore will remain open for limited hours. For more information, contact the bookstore staff at 662-846-4640.

We continue to receive updates from a variety of sources on a regular basis, so I emphasize again that it is imperative that all students, faculty, and staff closely monitor the university’s website (www.deltastate.edu/coronavirus), official social media accounts, and their email for updates.

For campus-related additional questions, contact the campus Police Department at 662-846-4155.