This Emergency Notification is a requirement of the U.S. Department of Education Clery Act, which guides what health and safety information universities share with their campus.
As you return to campus, we want to remind you that COVID-19 is still present in Elizabeth City and the surrounding areas. We all must take steps to slow the spread of the disease. The intent of this message is to share information about ECSU COVID-19 resources and protocols for the fall semester. The Viking website outlines all the safety precautions the University is taking to minimize the spread of the virus.
Protecting our Vikings
Faculty, staff, students and visitors on campus are expected to wear a face covering when in public places and face-to-face meetings, including classrooms and labs. It is important that all Vikings know their Ws in accordance to NC DHHS COVID-19
- Wear a cloth face covering if you will be with other people
- Wait 6 feet apart. Avoid close contact
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer
It’s important we do all we can to protect the health and safety of ourselves and those around us. This includes avoiding in-person social gatherings off campus of more than 10 people if indoors and 25 people if outdoors. Your actions and choices this year will have an enormous impact on your life and education and the health and welfare of every person with whom you come into contact.
The COVID Reporting website will be able to update the community on confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported to the university. This website is updated weekly and includes information on how to report a positive diagnosis and more information regarding ECSU’s response.
As a reminder, the University will not communicate broadly about individual positive cases, consistent with the State Human Resources Act and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, as well as other privacy considerations. Individuals who have been potentially exposed to the positive case will be notified through the University’s contact tracing procedures. The University will determine the release of non-identifying communications about clusters of positive results based on approved guidelines.
Health and Wellness
It is our collective responsibility to keep campus as safe as possible, so it is critical that you conduct a daily self-screening for COVID-19-related symptoms prior to reporting to campus.
Before leaving homes for work or residence halls to attend classes or other programs, all community members must check for symptoms daily using COVID-19 screening information offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Anyone who is experiencing any symptom(s) indicated on this health screening checklist cannot come to campus. Instead, students with COVID-19 symptoms should contact Student Health Services at (252) 335-3267. If students also are campus employees, we encourage them to report any positive COVID-19 test to the Office of Human Resources so that we may assist them with their leave and work schedule adjustments. We are constantly working with local public health officials to ensure we monitor our broader community and implement best practices to limit community spread.
Presently, we do not plan to test everyone prior to their re-entry to campus. However, the university is currently working with the local health department and medical providers to ensure our campus community has access to a test should their situation require it. Testing will be conducted off-campus at the local hospital. Insurance provides coverage to pay for a test, if individuals are determined to need one by a health care professional.
Contact tracing will be used to locate individuals who have been identified to have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for the virus. The purpose of contact tracing is to identify cases, limit the spread of the virus, and provide appropriate care for individuals who have been exposed. When we discover that a member of our community has tested positive for the virus, we will follow standard public health protocols to identify and communicate with those who had close contact with the individual. This tracing will be conducted in concert with Student Health Services and the Pasquotank County Health Department. We are in the process of developing a protocol with guidance from our infectious disease and public health experts as to what happens to a class when a professor or student in that class tests positive.
The ECSU Banner website will be updated regularly so we encourage community members to reference the resource frequently.