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Human Resources Email Information Regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019

TO: Princeton University Staff

FROM: Lianne Sullivan-Crowley, Vice President for Human Resources

SUBJECT: Information Regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

DATE: March 10, 2020

I am writing to share additional information and guidance for staff members as follow up to President Eisgruber’s March 9, 2020, letter to the Princeton community regarding coronavirus. 

University operations are continuing and, therefore, staff members are depended upon to be at work, performing our responsibilities.

The health and well-being of staff is of utmost importance. As the University announced earlier today, two Princeton University staff members are currently under self-quarantine as a result of possible exposure to the coronavirus (COVID-19) at an off-campus gathering. These staff members are being tested, and we expect results in the coming days.

The University is taking enhanced measures to clean and disinfect the staff members’ working spaces and is following best practices in order to maintain the health and safety.

To protect the health of our community, we will follow the University’s policy for social distancing as much as possible. Described on the University’s coronavirus website, this includes:

·         Keeping at least six feet between yourself and another person in all public places including the library, dining halls, Frist, Prospect House, etc.

·         Avoiding close contact, including handshakes and hugging.

·         Limiting in-person meetings.

·         If you are not feeling well, please stay home and take appropriate steps to take care of yourself. 

Similar to prevention measures used against the common cold and flu, remember also to wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face with unwashed hands. 

I ask that all staff pay attention to this important guidance. Managers should also take immediate steps to postpone or cancel in person gatherings, using phone calls, or other technological solutions where possible. 

A set of questions and answers regarding policies, procedures, and general guidance to support the staff of the University has been posted on the FAQ section of the coronavirus website.  

As developments regarding coronavirus evolve, we will continue to communicate and update the coronavirus website. 

Thank you for your cooperation, flexibility, commitment, and judgment that help us get through this challenging time. We appreciate your efforts in supporting our University.

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