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Responding to Gastrointestinal Illness - March 29th 1:20 pm

Responding to Gastrointestinal Illness - March 29th 1:20 pm

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Several Pitt-Johnstown students have reported an illness to campus Health Services, which, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, is believed to be a norovirus. Symptoms of this gastrointestinal illness have included fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and general abdominal discomfort. Out of an abundance of caution with regard to the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff, we are currently in the process of taking measures to help curtail the spread of virus on campus.

Because the norovirus is highly contagious, it is strongly suggested that students limit their exposure to gatherings of students in confined spaces.  Accordingly, the University has cancelled all in-door social events for the weekend. To that end, the decision has been made to suspend cafeteria services at all dining facilities on campus. Instead, prepackaged meals will be available in the Student Union for pick-up.

Other precautions include the closing of the Wellness Center and the deployment of additional custodial services to clean buildings with EPA recommended products before classes resume on Monday, March 31.

These measures are necessarily precautionary and proactive with the aim of limiting further transmission and/or additional exposure to the virus.

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Posted by Sernell, Jeff on 3/29/2014 1:20:00 PM