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May 8, 2009

Dear NOVA Students, Faculty and Staff:

I wanted to provide an update on the H1N1 flu (swine flu) situation at NOVA. To date no cases of confirmed H1N1 flu have been reported at the college or any of its locations.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued new "Interim Guidance for Colleges, Universities and Post secondary Educational Institutions in Response to Human Infections with Novel Influenza A (H1N1) Virus". They have also provided guidance for large gatherings including commencement activities.

The CDC does not recommend that colleges, universities or post-secondary educational institutions cancel or dismiss classes or other large gatherings. Based on CDC advice, we will continue to conduct all remaining exams and other college activities as planned, including Commencement on May 12. The CDC’s advisory says “school closure is not advised for a suspected or confirmed case of novel influenza A (H1N1) and, in general, is not advised unless there is a magnitude of faculty or student absenteeism that interferes with the school’s ability to function.”

The CDC also says “the primary means to reduce spread of influenza in schools is to focus on early identification of ill students and staff, staying home when ill, and good cough and hand hygiene etiquette.” Please follow this advice and do not come to NOVA if you are sick. Call or email to tell your supervisor or faculty member about your illness. The symptoms of H1N1 flu are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. A significant number of people who have been infected with this virus also have reported diarrhea and vomiting.

I’d like to acknowledge the fine actions of the NOVA community during this situation. Director of Emergency Planning Will Flagler, and our Public Information and Web team members have been instrumental in coordinating communications with faculty and staff.

Your welfare is our primary concern. We will continue to do everything possible to protect the health and safety of everyone at NOVA.

Thank you.

Bob Templin, President
Northern Virginia Community College


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