Coronavirus Update – March 4, 2020

Dear Campus Community,

As you all know, we are in the midst of flu season. We are concurrently preparing for the implications of a potential novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We have no reason to believe that we are currently at risk, however, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other local health organizations recommend developing prevention and response strategies.

Here’s what we know:

  • There are no cases of coronavirus at Franklin College or in the state of Indiana
  • Symptoms of novel coronavirus may include: fever, cough, and shortness of breath; symptoms can be mild or lead to severe illness and death
  • The virus is thought to be spread person-to-person, through droplets produced by a cough or sneeze, and mostly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet)
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the best resource for guidance on prevention of novel coronavirus; Franklin College is developing its protocol based on guidance from the CDC and other local health organizations
  • The College is working through Emergency Preparation protocol to ensure we have a plan in place to keep our students safe and able to focus on their education

There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19, so the best way to prevent the illness is to avoid being exposed to this novel coronavirus; you can minimize exposure by engaging in the following practices:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash (this supersedes advice to cough or sneeze into your elbow, as the virus may survive on clothing; should you not have access to a tissue, coughing or sneezing into your elbow is the next best option)
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe

Housekeeping is always committed to the cleanliness of our campus and will be paying particular attention to “high touch” areas (such as door knobs and light switches) as part of their everyday cleaning routine. Please let them know if a restroom needs soap or paper towels, a hand sanitizer dispenser needs refilled, or an area is generally in need of attention.

If you have other questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to the office of campus life in Napolitan Student Center 241 or at 317.738.8080.


Best wishes,

Dean Jones



Dr. Andrew B. Jones 

Vice President for Campus Life & Dean of Students
Franklin College