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April 2009

I want to assure everyone that college officials are closely monitoring the H1N1 flu (swine flu) situation. While no one can predict exactly how this virus will spread, we are encouraged that to date no cases of the virus have been reported at NOVA. 

As a precaution, our emergency procedures have been reviewed and updated. NOVA will continue to do everything possible to protect the safety and health of our students, faculty and staff.  If there is an instance where a student or an employee is diagnosed with the H1N1 flu, we will follow the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and public health officials. Protective measures will be implemented if necessary to prevent the spread of this disease within the college community. We will continue to communicate with you as updates are warranted.

As you have seen from news reports, the spread of the virus can move very quickly. There are several things that you can do to be proactive.

What you can do:
Please do not come to NOVA if you are sick. Call or email your professors or supervisor and let him/her know of your illness. Anyone who is experiencing such symptoms as fever, sore throat, cough, body aches, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea should contact a doctor or the appropriate health department as soon as possible.

Be sure you are registered with NOVA Alert to receive real-time urgent messages. NOVA Alert allows you to register your cell phone, pager, BlackBerry/Treo and personal email addresses.   Any changes in our normal operating schedule will be posted on our website under the link for “Closings & Emergencies.”

Stay informed. The Virginia Department of Health website below provides up-to-date information about the spread of the H1N1 flu in Virginia. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website provides a planning guide of individuals and families.

Virginia Department of Health:  http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/

CDC:  http://pandemicflu.gov/plan/individual/familyguide.html

Sincerely,
Robert G. Templin, Jr.
President

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