• Lee University COVID-19 (coronavirus) Response

    Lee University officials continue to monitor the outbreak of COVID-19. The number of cases in Bradley County can be located on the Tennessee Department of Health website. The university remains committed to maintaining the health of the campus community.

    The COVID-19 Task Force appointed by President Conn is meeting consistently and continues monitoring guidance and information from numerous sources including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, other national and state health organizations, and professional associations (e.g., the American College Health Association).

    The purpose of this website is to provide a centralized resource for the university’s response to COVID-19. We will provide updates on this site as additional information becomes available.

    Return to Campus Guide Fall 2020

    Chapel Plan For Fall 2020

    Symptoms

    While information on infection with COVID-19 continues to emerge, it appears that three symptoms have been reported consistently and typically emerge 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:

    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath

    It also is important to note that some people with the virus experience only mild symptoms while others who appear to be dealing with other health complications have experienced more severe symptoms and have died.

    If you are concerned that you have contracted the virus, seek medical attention immediately. We encourage those who do have this concern to call the Health Clinic (423.614.8430), a doctor’s office, or the emergency room to discuss your symptoms and your recent travel history.

    We encourage the campus community to stay up to date with emerging news about the virus at the CDC’s website.
     
    Prevention

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website suggests the following measures in an effort to prevent infection with COVID-19.

    Protecting Yourself
    •  Clean your hands often.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Put distance between yourself and other people.
    Note that the virus is spread mainly from person to person, typically those within 6 feet of one another, through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
     
    Protecting Others
     •  Stay home if you’re sick, except to get medical care.
    • Instructors have been encouraged to work with students if they need to be out due to sickness.
    • To seek medical care, visit the Symptoms section above.
    •  Cover coughs and sneezes.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
    • Throw used tissues in the trash.
    • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
    •  Wear a facemask if you are sick.
           
    •  Clean and disinfect.
    • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
    • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
    The Physical Plant staff has been cleaning around campus, particularly high-traffic areas, thoroughly over Spring Break.  
    Travel Guidance

    Travel to High-Risk Countries
    Travel to international areas listed as Level 2 or 3 regions according to the CDC is discouraged by the university. All university-sponsored trips to these regions for the summer are currently under review. Conditions impacting all international university-sponsored trips are being monitored. Specific questions should be addressed to Global Perspectives (gperspectives@leeuniversity.edu; 423.614.8357).

    International Students
    The university is mindful of the unique challenges facing international students. Specific questions pertaining to international students may be addressed to the Office of Student Development and the Office of Admissions. Individuals working with international students routinely are Rosie Adams in Student Development and Renee Williams in Admissions.

    Helpful Informational Links

    The university tracks information from numerous websites to guide its response. Below are links to a few sites with critical information: