Coronavirus: UND Today roundup

UND focuses on health and safety of UND and greater communities

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Last week, UND received word of the first case of confirmed COVID-19 on campus.

“For many of us, it’s a reminder that the virus is nearer to where we live and work,” said Interim President Dr. Joshua Wynne in a letter to campus.

“First and foremost, our thoughts are with the individual, the family and the friends coping with this difficult situation in these stressful times,” Wynne said. “Our hope is for a quick and speedy recovery, which has been the case with the majority of those who have contracted the coronavirus.”

With a priority on protecting the health, safety and wellbeing of UND and the community, most UND employees will continue to work from home and have been asked to limit their exposure to others.

The number of cases, which remains at one, is updated before noon each weekday.

Orientation Days canceled

With that in mind, Orientation Days has been canceled for new students, along with other summer on-campus events. The decision was not made lightly, but was made in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the North Dakota Department of Health. The University is working on alternative ways to help welcome new freshmen and transfer students.

Summer and fall course registration is open

As the semester winds down, students are able to register for summer and fall classes. Summer classes will be held online. One Stop Student Services is available to assist students.

FAQs updated for students, faculty and staff

As the pandemic continues, there is a need for students to have the most up-to-date information. The student frequently asked questions portion of the coronavirus updates blog has been updated with new information, and will continue to be updated regularly. The faculty and staff FAQs have also been updated.

New procedures put in place

As the pandemic continues, UND employees are required to follow new procedures from the North Dakota Department of Health and the CDC. These include notifying supervisors of pending testing and staying home pending those results. There are also procedures in place for faculty and staff with ill family members and those who are ill or test positive.