A message for students from Dr. Vogel

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A message for students from Dr. Vogel

Oct. 30, 2020

Dear ASU students,

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to ASU’s Community of Care and for helping reduce the spread of COVID-19. It’s a team effort, and all of you have contributed immensely. 

While the overall numbers of daily positive cases have been rising over the last several days in the state and across the nation, cases within the ASU community have decreased over the last several weeks. We currently have 74 known positive cases among our total student body of 74,500 and 12 among our 12,400 employees. 

The fall 2020 semester has no doubt been complex. We are in new territory. But the virus is not going away anytime soon, and we must stay vigilant in our efforts to manage it. To that end, we wanted to provide some key reminders:

Submit your Daily Health Check through the ASU Mobile App or the web. This should take about 10 seconds to complete each day and is a critical tool in managing the health and wellness of the ASU community. The Daily Health Check also offers quick access to services such as COVID-19 testing sites, telehealth services and the Mayo Clinic Information Library.

Continue to adhere to all public health protocols:

  • Wear a face cover.
  • Avoid large group activities.
  • Maintain 6 feet of distance from others.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and avoid touching your face.
  • Monitor your health daily.
  • Stay home when sick and avoid others who are sick.
  • Get tested if you are experiencing symptoms or think you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Engage only in social activities that adhere to responsible health practices as we continue to work to manage COVID-19. Halloween is often a time for social gatherings, and the CDC has provided recommendations for Halloween festivities.

Participate in ASU’s regular, required COVID-19 testing. Those selected for testing provide a statistically significant sample of the ASU community to offer an up-to-date picture of what is happening with the virus. This testing protocol enhances our ability to manage COVID-19 and mitigate potential spread. We will continue to make testing available at no charge for any student who needs or wants a test outside of the ongoing testing protocol described above. You may register for a COVID-19 test here.

Get tested prior to your departure for Thanksgiving in order to know your health status ahead of any travel. You want to ensure that you keep the virus away from others, especially older or vulnerable individuals. If you are celebrating locally or live nearby, consider having your entire family or group of friends tested at one of our public sites. That way you will know the status of those with whom you might spend time.

We have a shared responsibility to keep each other healthy. Thank you for contributing to ASU’s COVID-19 prevention strategy. Your efforts are commendable. 

Joanne Vogel
Vice president of Student Services
Joanne.Vogel@asu.edu | 480-965-2200

Posted: Oct. 30, 2020, at 5:14 p.m.