COVID-19

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COVID-19
Slippery Rock University is closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak. The health and safety of our Slippery Rock University family – students, faculty, staff, alumni and surrounding community – is always our first priority. Browse below for general information and the latest updates or explore the resource page designed for you.
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General COVID-19 Information

Slippery Rock University is in regular communication with county and state health and emergency officials to monitor the on-going situation. Additional information will be shared as it becomes available. It is prudent to recognize that as the outbreak is still evolving, the risk of possible infection is great.

What is novel coronavirus?

A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.

How is it spread?

The virus that causes COVID-19 most commonly spreads between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet or two arm lengths).

It spreads through respiratory droplets or small particles, such as those in aerosols, produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, sings, talks, or breathes.

It is possible that COVID-19 may spread through the droplets and airborne particles that are formed when a person who has COVID-19 coughs, sneezes, sings, talks, or breathes. There is growing evidence that droplets and airborne particles can remain suspended in the air and be breathed in by others, and travel distances beyond 6 feet, for example, during choir practice, in restaurants or in fitness classes). In general, indoor environments without good ventilation increase this risk.

To learn more, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 FAQ webpage.

How can I protect myself?

It is possible that COVID-19 may spread through the droplets and airborne particles that are formed when a person who has COVID-19 coughs, sneezes, sings, talks, or breathes. There is growing evidence that droplets and airborne particles can remain suspended in the air and be breathed in by others, and travel distances beyond 6 feet, for example, during choir practice, in restaurants or in fitness classes). In general, indoor environments without good ventilation increase this risk.

The CDC recommends the following three important points to help slow the spread of the virus:

Visit the CDC How to Protect Yourself & Others page to learn about how to protect yourself from respiratory illnesses, like COVID-19.


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Important Numbers

Health questions can be directed to Student Health Services at 724.738.2052. Parents and students can contact the Office of Student Affairs at 724.738.2155. SRU employees with work-related questions can call Human Resources at 724.738.2070.

Question about COVID-19?

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