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Safety First, Safety Always - 2009 Archives

 

12/18/09 CUA Administers More Than 600 H1N1 Vaccines

Catholic University’s Student Health Services (SHS) has administered a total of 640 H1N1 vaccines during five clinics this semester, including 308 at a clinic held Dec. 16 for students, faculty and staff.

SHS reminds all members of the CUA community who are travelling over the Christmas holiday to remain vigilant about hand washing and respiratory etiquette. While the number of H1N1 flu cases in the Washington, D.C., area has subsided, a different and perhaps more active phase of the H1N1 cycle may be underway in other areas.

CUA’s Incident Management Team reports that as of 3 p.m. Dec. 18, SHS has treated 351 students for flu-like illness since the beginning of the academic year.

Office of Public Affairs

Posted at 4:03 p.m.

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12/14/09 Update on Flu

Catholic University’s Incident Management Team reports that as of 4 p.m. Dec, 14, Student Health Services has treated 346 students for flu-like illness since the beginning of the academic year.

Office of Public Affairs

Posted 10:00 a.m.

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12/10/09 CUA to Hold H1N1 Vaccine Clinic Dec. 16 for Entire Campus Community

Catholic University’s Student Health Services (SHS) will hold a free H1N1 vaccine clinic on Wednesday, Dec. 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the entire campus community. SHS has both the nasal spray and injectable vaccines. Students, faculty and staff who would like to get the vaccine must register ahead of time at https://secure.cua.edu/health/vaccine-registration.cfm. SHS will be closed for all other services during this time.

Office of Public Affairs

Posted 11:35 a.m.

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12/04/09 Update on Flu

Catholic University’s Incident Management Team reports that Student Health Services has treated 333 students for flu-like illness since the beginning of the academic year.

Office of Public Affairs

Posted 3:40 p.m.

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12/01/09 Cases of Flu-like Illness Down, But Vaccinations Are Encouraged

Catholic University's Incident Management Team reports that cases of flu-like illness among CUA students have been declining in recent weeks. This trend aligns with the national level of flu activity, which has dropped for the fourth week in a row, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The decline in the number of cases indicates that the second wave of the U.S. H1N1 pandemic has peaked, according to the CDC.

Nationally it is expected that another surge in cases could occur this month or at the beginning of 2010 when students return from the Christmas break, according to the CDC. In light of this, all CUA students who have not been vaccinated are encouraged to get the vaccine.

Catholic University’s Student Health Services (SHS) will hold another H1N1 vaccine clinic for students from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2. Before reporting to SHS, students must register at https://secure.cua.edu/health/vaccine-registration.cfm. SHS will be closed for all other services during this time.

SHS has received both nasal spray and injectable vaccine. The injectable vaccine, or H1N1 flu shots, will be reserved for students between the ages of 17 and 24 who have a pre-existing medical condition such as asthma, insulin dependent diabetes and immunosuppressive therapy. Nasal spray cannot be given to people with these pre-existing conditions.

A total of 330 students have been treated for flu-like illness since the beginning of the academic year.

Office of Public Affairs

Posted 12:30 p.m.

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11/20/09 Update on Flu

Catholic University’s Incident Management Team reports an increase in the number of suspected swine flu cases this week. As of 3 p.m. today, Student Health Services (SHS) has treated five new cases since last week. A total of 328 students have been treated for flu-like illness since the beginning of the academic year.

SHS administered 167 H1N1 vaccines to students Nov. 17 and 18. The priority groups receiving this initial allocation of vaccine were:

School of Nursing students doing clinical rotations
Social work and psychology students doing clinical rotations
Pregnant students
Students who are primary-care givers to children less than six months of age.
On Tuesday, Nov. 24, SHS will conduct an H1N1 clinic for all students from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Health services will be closed for all other services during this time. Interested students should register by clicking https://secure.cua.edu/health/vaccine-registration.cfm.

SHS has received both nasal spray and injectable vaccine. The injectable vaccine, or H1N1 flu shots, will be reserved for students between the ages of 17 and 24 who have a pre-existing medical condition such as asthma, insulin dependent diabetes and immunosuppressive therapy. Nasal spray cannot be given to people with these pre-existing conditions.

If registration exceeds capacity, additional information will be announced by 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 23.

Another H1N1 clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2. Students must register at https://secure.cua.edu/health/vaccine-registration.cfm before reporting to health services.

Office of Public Affairs

Posted 4:45 p.m.

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11/13/09 Update on Flu

Catholic University’s Incident Management Team (IMT) reports an increase in the number of suspected swine flu cases this week. As of noon today, Student Health Services has treated 22 new cases since last week. A total of 325 students have been treated for flu-like illness since the beginning of the academic year.

 

Office of Public Affairs

 

Posted 4:30 p.m

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11/12/09 CUA to Hold H1N1 Vaccine Clinics for Students Nov. 17 and Nov. 18

 

Catholic University will hold H1N1 Vaccine Clinics at Student Health Services (SHS) on Tuesday, Nov. 17, and Wednesday, Nov. 18, from noon to 2 p.m. During the clinic hours, SHS will be closed for other patient care. SHS has received a limited number of vaccines and will be administering them to the top priority groups as determined by the Centers for Disease Control. Following are the priority groups:

1. Pregnant women
2. Household contacts and caregivers for children younger than 6 months of age
3. Health-care workers and emergency medical services personnel
CUA nursing and social work majors who are doing clinical rotations are considered health-care workers and are included in priority group # 3. These students will be scheduled for vaccines by their respective schools and should report to SHS on Nov. 17 or 18 at their pre-scheduled time.

All other Catholic University students who might qualify for priority groups 1 and 2 should e-mail Dr. Loretta Staudt, medical director of SHS, at Staudt@cua.edu for more information.

Catholic University expects to receive additional allocations of H1N1 vaccines. As additional vaccines arrive, they will be made available to all students under the age of 24. Faculty and staff may seek information on the availability of H1N1 vaccine from their local health-care providers or their local health department.

Additional information about the 2009 H1N1 Vaccine can be found at http://publicaffairs.cua.edu/Releases/2009//09H1N1QandA.cfm.

Office of Public Affairs

Posted 4:22 p.m.

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11/10/09 CUA Prepares for H1N1 Vaccine Clinic

Preparations are underway for an H1N1 Vaccine Clinic at Catholic University. CUA’s Incident Management Team anticipates that Student Health Services (SHS) will receive a limited number of vaccines in the near future. SHS will provide vaccines for the top priority groups as determined by the Centers for Disease Control. Following are the priority groups:

Pregnant women
Household contacts and caregivers for children younger than 6 months of age
Health-care workers and emergency medical services personnel
CUA nursing and social work majors who are doing clinical rotations are considered health-care workers and are included in priority group # 3. These students will be notified of the date, time and location of the vaccine clinic by their respective schools.

Any Catholic University student who might qualify for priority groups 1 and 2 should e-mail Dr. Loretta Staudt, medical director of SHS, Staudt@cua.edu for more information.

Catholic University expects to receive additional allocations of H1N1 vaccines. As additional vaccines arrive, they will be made available to all students under the age of 24. Faculty and staff may seek information on the availability of H1N1 vaccine from their local health-care providers or their local health department.

Office of Public Affairs

Posted 4:05 p.m.

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11/06/09 Update on Flu

Catholic University’s Incident Management Team (IMT) reports an increase in the number of suspected swine flu cases this week. As of 2 p.m. today, Student Health Services has treated 19 new cases since last week. A total of 303 students have been treated for flu-like illness since the beginning of the academic year.

Office of Public Affairs

Posted 4:55 p.m.

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11/05/09 Ways to Avoid “Opportunity Theft”

Members of the CUA community are reminded to observe the following precautions to avoid becoming a victim of “opportunity theft”:

Never leave personal property unattended and unsecured, even for short periods of time and in well-populated areas.
Never leave items of value exposed in vehicles.
Lock the door to your room, office or lab when you leave, even if it is only for a few minutes. Most reported thefts occur in unlocked areas.
Take advantage of "Operation Identification" to mark your valuables in some distinctive fashion. Engravers, which can be used on hard plastic or metal surfaces only, are available at the Department of Public Safety, Leahy Hall. To make an appointment to have an object engraved, call 202-319-5111.
Office of Public Affairs

Posted 4:50 p.m.

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11/03/09 Crime Alert

On Nov. 2, at 9:38 p.m., a CUA student was walking toward the Brookland-CUA Metro Station escalators when he was struck in the back of the head with an unknown object. Two suspects, who did not take any property from the victim, fled the area. The suspects were described as two black males. The victim declined medical attention. The Metropolitan Police Department and Metro Transit Police were notified.

Members of the CUA community who frequent this area are reminded to observe the following safety precautions:

Stay alert and aware of your surroundings at all times.
Notice persons approaching you or walking behind you.
Trust your instincts. If a situation does not feel right, take protective action.
Don’t become a target. Walk confidently and at a steady pace, stay with a group, don’t stop to talk to strangers. Avoid alleys, short cuts and vacant lots. Stick to well-lighted, busy streets.
Avoid displaying cash, jewelry or electronics, which draw unwanted attention by potential thieves.
Office of Public Affairs

Posted 3:15 p.m.

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10/30/09 Update on Flu

Catholic University’s Incident Management Team (IMT) reports an increase in the number of suspected swine flu cases this week. As of noon today, Student Health Services has treated 14 new cases since last week. A total of 284 students have been treated for flu-like illness since the beginning of the academic year.

Office of Public Affairs

Posted 1:30 p.m.

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10/27/09 Crime Alert

On Oct. 27, at 12:23 a.m., two CUA students and a friend were robbed while walking on Monroe Street, Northeast D.C. Two suspects approached the victims and demanded their property. Money and a cell phone were taken from the victims. Two of the victims were struck by the suspects. The victims declined medical attention. The Metropolitan Police Department responded and searched the area for the suspects.

The suspects match the following descriptions: a black male, six feet tall, dark complexion, wearing dark blue pants and black hat and coat; and a black male, 5 feet 10 inches tall, shoulder-length dreadlocks, dark complexion, wearing dark blue pants and a black North Face jacket.

Members of the CUA community who frequent this area are reminded to follow the safety precautions listed below.

Stay alert and aware of your surroundings at all times.
Trust your instincts. If a situation does not feel right, take protective action.
If confronted, comply with the robber’s demands. Notify the police as soon as safety allows.
Don’t become a target. Walk confidently and at a steady pace, stay with a group, don’t stop to talk to strangers.
Avoid alleys, short cuts and vacant lots. Stick to well-lighted, busy streets.
Avoid displaying cash, jewelry or electronics, which draw unwanted attention by potential thieves.
Office of Public Affairs

Posted 5:05 p.m.

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10/23/09 Update on Flu

Catholic University’s Incident Management Team (IMT) reports an increase in the number of suspected swine flu cases this week. As of noon today, Student Health Services has treated 21 new cases since last week. A total of 270 students have been treated for flu-like illness since the beginning of the academic year.

Office of Public Affairs

Posted 3:35 p.m.

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10/16/09 Update on Flu

Catholic University’s Incident Management Team (IMT) reports a modest increase in the number of suspected swine flu cases this week. As of noon today, Student Health Services has treated seven new cases since last week. A total of 249 students have been treated for flu-like illness since the beginning of the academic year.

Office of Public Affairs

Posted 3:58 p.m.

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10/09/09 Update on Flu

Catholic University’s Incident Management Team (IMT) reports that, as of 1:30 p.m. today, Student Health Services has treated 242 students for flu-like illness since the beginning of the academic year.

Office of Public Affairs

Posted 2:25 p.m.

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10-03-09 Crime Alert

On Friday, Oct. 2, 2009, at approximately 11:49 p.m., five CUA students were robbed on 9th Street, N.E. Two male suspects approached the victims, produced a handgun and demanded the victims’ property. One victim was thrown to the ground. The suspects fled the scene on foot. MPD was notified, responded and searched the area for the suspects. There were no reported injuries.

Suspect #1: Black Male, 18 to 19 years old, approximately 5’7”, wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, red shirt and blue jeans.

Suspect #2: Black Male, 18 to 19 years old, dread locks hair style, wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

Safety Precautions:

Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings at all times
Notice persons approaching you or walking behind you.
If confronted, comply with the robber’s demands.
Get a good physical description of the suspects and notify the police as soon as safety allows.
Walk in groups and walk in well-lighted, heavily traveled areas.
Know the location of the emergency telephones.
Department of Public Safety

Posted 1:55 p.m.

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10/02/09 Update on Flu

Catholic University’s Incident Management Team (IMT) reports that, as of noon today, SHS has treated 213 students for flu-like illness since the beginning of the academic year.

Office of Public Affairs

Posted 4:20 p.m.

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09-30-09 Update on Flu

The Seasonal Flu Vaccination clinic scheduled for Sept. 30 at the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date. A sign posted at the clinic site in the Pryzbyla Center identifies several alternative locations in the nearby Washington, D.C., area to obtain the seasonal flu shot. An increased demand for the seasonal flu vaccine exhausted the supply of Student Health Services (SHS). SHS is looking into alternative sources for seasonal flu vaccine and expects to have more by late October.

Catholic University’s Incident Management Team (IMT) reports that, as of noon today, SHS has treated 206 students for flu-like illness since the beginning of the academic year.

The IMT reports that the D.C. Department of Health may provide an update about the availability of the H1N1 flu vaccine by late next week.

For more information about the best ways to prevent the seasonal flu or H1N1 flu, visit http://health.cua.edu/flu.cfm.

Office of Public Affairs

Posted 2:25 p.m.

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09-25-09 Update on Flu

Catholic University’s Incident Management Team reports that, as of 4:30 p.m. today, CUA’s Student Health Services has treated 175 students for flu-like illness since the beginning of the academic year.

In two clinics this week, 300 seasonal flu shots were given to students by Student Health Services.

Students who have not received a seasonal flu shot have one more opportunity on campus to get one. Seasonal flu shots will be given from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, in rooms 342/351 of the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center. Short-sleeved shirts are recommended. The cost is $25, which is billed to a student’s account.

All students are encouraged to receive the shot to prevent seasonal flu, and Student Health Services strongly advises students with underlying medical conditions to get vaccinated. For more information, visit http://health.cua.edu/flu.cfm or call 202-319-5744 or e-mail bradynovak@cua.edu.

Seasonal flu shots will be available for faculty and staff from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21, in room 320B of the Pryzbyla Center and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27, in room 320A of the Pryzbyla Center. The cost is $21.

While important in limiting the spread of seasonal flu, the vaccine does not protect against H1N1, or swine flu. For more information on the H1N1 flu, visit

http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/qa.htm

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Office of Public Affairs

Posted 4:35 p.m.

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09-23-09 Update on Flu

Catholic University’s Incident Management Team reports that as of noon today, CUA’s Student Health Services has treated 150 students for flu-like illness since the beginning of the academic year.

Office of Public Affairs

Posted 3:40 p.m.

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09/21/09 Update on Flu

Catholic University’s Incident Management Team reports that as of 1 p.m. today, Catholic University’s Student Health Services has treated 123 students for flu-like illness since the beginning of the academic year.

Office of Public Affairs

Posted 4:50 p.m.

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09/18/09 Update on Flu Cases

Catholic University’s Incident Management Team reports that as of 3 p.m. today, Catholic University’s Student Health Services has treated 111 students for flu-like illness since the beginning of the academic year.

Today and over the weekend preventative care packages will be delivered to all student residence hall rooms. They will include a preventative care memo, hand sanitizer, wipes and disinfectant spray.

Office of Public Affairs

Posted 3:25 p.m.

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09/18/09 University Following CDC Recommendations for the Flu

The Catholic University of America is guided by the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for managing cases of seasonal flu as well as H1N1 flu among students on campus. The following are CDC protocols that are being implemented at CUA:

CUA’s Incident Management Team (IMT) has been meeting regularly since April 2009, specifically about preparations for the H1N1 flu. Team members include representatives of Student Health Services (SHS), the Department of Public Safety, the Department of Environmental Health and Safety and the Office of Facilities, Maintenance and Operations. The team is in regular contact with the Office of the Dean of Students and the Office of the Provost.
Catholic University is not conducting additional testing if a student meets the clinical criteria for flu.
Along with other universities, CUA is not segregating ill students from healthy students in the residence halls.
A Student Health Services provider calls every student seen at SHS and diagnosed with H1N1 flu to check on their welfare.
The SHS Web site contains links to additional information about the flu, instructions for care, self-isolation and social distancing as well as steps to follow if it appears that a student’s symptoms may require emergency medical care. In addition, students who would prefer not to be seen by SHS staff can link directly to CUA’s online Seasonal Flu and H1N1 Self-Reporting Center.
Information posted by students to the online self-reporting center is transmitted automatically to SHS, the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Dean of Students. This ensures that the appropriate offices are notified so that students receive the necessary services and care required during their illness.
The Office of the Dean of Students, in conjunction with Campus Ministry, oversees a “Good Samaritan” list of volunteers who deliver prepackaged food and energy drinks provided by Dining Services to ill students who have requested the service.
An education campaign has been implemented throughout campus. CDC-approved informational posters on topics such as “cover the cough,” “clean hands” and “STOP- Do you feel sick?” are being placed in all residential halls. Additionally, information cards titled “Feels like the flu?” are being made available to students throughout campus. These cards contain specific instructions on what to do if students feel sick.
Students with flu-like symptoms who live within a reasonable distance of the university are being encouraged to go home by private transportation, and are being discouraged from using public transportation.
Office of Public Affairs

Posted 3:15 p.m.

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09/17/09 Update on Flu

Catholic University’s Incident Management Team reports that as of 4:00 p.m. today, Catholic University’s Student Health Services has treated 99 students for flu-like illness since the beginning of the academic year.

 

Office of Public Affairs

Posted 10:30 a.m.
Updated at 4:55 p.m.

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09/17/09 Student Health Services Offers Seasonal Flu Shots for Students

Student Health Services will offer seasonal flu shots for all students at the following times and locations:

Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Columbus School of Law lounge

Thursday, Sept. 24, from 5:15 to 7:15 p.m. in the DuFour Center lobby

Wednesday, Sept. 30, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the Pryzbyla Center, Room 342/351.

The flu shot costs $25 and will be billed to student accounts. Short-sleeved shirts are recommended. Any student with an underlying medical condition is strongly advised to get vaccinated. All students are encouraged to receive the shot to help prevent seasonal flu. For more information, call 202-319-5744 or e-mail bradynovak@cua.edu.

Office of Public Affairs

Posted 11:20 a.m.

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9/15/09 Update on Flu

Catholic University’s Incident Management Team (IMT) reports that as of 10 a.m. today, CUA’s Student Health Services (SHS) has treated 54 students for flu-like illness since the beginning of the academic year. The affected students are recovering.

Before going to the clinic, students who feel ill should first call or report their symptoms by visiting the university’s online Seasonal Flu and H1N1 Self-Reporting Center at https://secure.cua.edu/health/seasonal-flu.cfm. Information posted by students to the online self-reporting center is transmitted automatically to SHS, the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Dean of Students. Students who use the online form to report flu-like symptoms receive directions for what to do if conditions worsen and require immediate medical care.

A medical provider will call students seen at SHS and diagnosed with flu to check on their condition. The Office of the Dean of Students, in conjunction with Campus Ministry, has developed a "Good Samaritan" list of volunteers who at this time are delivering prepackaged food and energy drinks provided by CUA Dining Services to ill students who have requested the service.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) does not recommend further testing if students meet the clinical criteria for the flu. Most students that develop symptoms were contagious 24 to 48 hours before they showed any symptoms.

Like other higher education institutions, Catholic University is unable to isolate ill or well students in separate campus housing facilities. Seriously ill students are hospitalized or are strongly encouraged to be at home with their families if they live within a reasonable distance from CUA. Students whose roommates are sick with flu-like symptoms are being advised that preventive activities are their best protection from contracting the virus. That includes frequent hand washing and cleaning frequently touched surfaces with an anti-bacterial cleaner.

An education campaign has been implemented throughout campus using CDC-recommended informational posters and CUA-specific “Feels like the flu?” instruction cards. Students, parents, faculty and staff should visit the Safety First Web site at http://www.cua.edu/safety and the SHS site at http://health.cua.edu regularly for updated information and advisories on H1N1 flu.

Office of Public Affairs

Posted 10:40 a.m.
Updated 3:00 p.m.

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09/14/09 Update on Flu

Catholic University’s Incident Management Team reports that as of 1:30 p.m. today, Catholic University’s Student Health Services has treated 33 students for flu-like illness since the beginning of the academic year.

Students who are feeling ill are encouraged to call Student Health Services (SHS) at 202-319-5744 or self-report their illness online before they visit the clinic. It may not be necessary in all cases for students to be seen by SHS. For more information on steps students should follow if they think they have seasonal flu or H1N1 flu, see http://health.cua.edu.

Office of Public Affairs

Posted at 1:25 p.m.
Updated at 3:10 p.m.

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09/11/09 Update on Flu

Catholic University’s Incident Management Team (IMT) reports that from the beginning of the new academic year until noon Friday, Sept. 11, Catholic University’s Student Health Services has treated 16 students for flu-like illness.

In keeping with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, the IMT is advising students who are exhibiting flu symptoms to follow self-isolation and social- distancing practices. This means that ill students should either stay in their rooms as much as possible or, if they live at a reasonable distance from the university, should go home using private (not public) transportation. Students who are feeling ill may either visit Student Health Services or self-report their illness online. For more information on steps students should follow if they think they have seasonal flu or H1N1 flu, see http://health.cua.edu.

For those students who are confined to their rooms, the university has established a mechanism by which volunteers will deliver food to them twice a day.

Faculty and staff who believe they may have a flu-like illness are advised to seek medical assistance from their primary care doctor.

Office of Public Affairs

Posted at 3:10 p.m.

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09/10/09 Ten Students Treated for Flu-Like Illness

Catholic University’s Incident Management Team reports that between Tuesday morning, Sept. 8, and 2 p.m. today, Sept. 10, CUA’s Student Health Services has treated 10 CUA students for flu-like illness. After receiving treatment, students are being advised to self-isolate in their residences until the symptoms of the illness have passed.

For more information on the H1N1 flu, visit http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/qa.htm. For more information on recommendations by the CDC to institutions of higher education for responding to influenza, visit http://flu.gov/.

Office of Public Affairs

Posted at 4:07 p.m.

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09/08/09 CUA Registers as Possible H1N1 Vaccine Administration Site

Catholic University’s Incident Management Team has registered CUA as a potential Vaccine Administration Site for the H1N1 influenza vaccine when it becomes available from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), possibly in mid-October. Registration as a possible distribution site through the District of Columbia Department of Health is one of various initiatives at CUA to prepare for the anticipated outbreak of seasonal flu and H1N1 flu in the United States during the 2009-2010 school year.

To date only one student has been treated at CUA Student Health Services for flu-like symptoms since the start of the school year. For more information on the H1N1 flu, visit http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/qa.htm. For more information on recommendations by the CDC to institutions of higher education for responding to influenza, visit http://flu.gov/.

Office of Public Affairs

Posted 12:00 p.m.

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08/31/09 Operations in McMahon Hall Temporarily Disrupted

This morning at 10:20, the Department of Public Safety evacuated McMahon Hall following a report of a suspicious package in the mail room. DPS notified the Metropolitan Police Department, which checked the package and found it to be harmless. Occupants of McMahon were given the green light to reenter the building at 10:55 a.m. Classes and offices in McMahon have resumed their normal schedule.

Office of Public Affairs

Posted 11:12 a.m.

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08/26/09 President Convenes Council to Discuss Flu Preparations

This morning Very Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., convened a meeting of the university’s Emergency Council to discuss the university’s plans and preparations related to the anticipated outbreak of seasonal flu and H1N1 flu in the U.S. during the new school year. Members of the university’s Incident Management Team, including Louis Alar, director of environmental health and safety; Thomasine Johnson, director of public safety; and Loretta Staudt, M.D., medical director of student health services, made presentations to the other members of the council. The team has been meeting regularly throughout the summer and interacting with counterparts at other universities and government agencies to incorporate best practices into the university’s preparations. The Emergency Council consists of 20 senior and other key administrators representing the various divisions of the university.

A useful resource on recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control to institutions of higher education for responding to influenza can be found at http://flu.gov/

Office of Public Affairs

Posted at 2:45 p.m.

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08/24/09 Update on Flu Prevention

On Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009, the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area hosted a meeting to discuss preparations for influenza and the seasonal flu. CUA officials with responsibility for emergency management, student health services, and environmental health and safety were in attendance. Beverly Pritchett, senior deputy director, D.C. Department of Health (DOH) spoke on the topic of “Pandemic Influenza Update.” The focus of the discussion was education and prevention.

The CUA Incident Management Team continues to monitor seasonal and H1N1 influenza activity regularly through the DOH and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). CDC recommendations with regards to preventative measures have been implemented at CUA as follows:

The Custodial Services staff focuses cleaning efforts on all touch points to prevent the spread of disease and infection.
Signs outlining “Proper Hand Washing Procedures” are posted in restrooms.
Hand sanitizers on stands are being placed in various locations on campus.
The seasonal influenza vaccine is the single most effective way to protect against the seasonal flu. However, it does not protect against the H1N1 flu. Student Health Services will be administering seasonal flu vaccine to students on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, and Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009, on a walk-in basis at clinics throughout the campus. Details concerning the locations and times will be made available on CUA’s Web site at http://health.cua.edu.

The CUA Office of Human Resources will offer seasonal flu vaccine for staff and faculty on Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at locations to be announced later. According to the DOH representative, an initial delivery of H1N1 vaccine is anticipated in mid October. The vaccine will possibly be administered in a series of two shots. The university may be designated a Vaccine Administration Site.

Below are other measures recommended by the CDC to help protect against getting and transmitting H1N1 influenza and seasonal flu:

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Clean frequently touched surfaces such as keyboards and remote controls with an antibacterial cleanser.
Keep hand sanitizer in your backpack.
Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough. Cough or sneeze into your elbow rather than your hands.
Wash your hands after you cough or sneeze.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick and if you are ill, keep your distance from others.
If you have had an influenza-like illness, do not return to work or school until you have been fever free and no longer using any medications for 24 hours
For more information regarding the H1N1 flu, please visit this link http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/qa.htm
For more information regarding the seasonal flu, please visit this link http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm
CUA Incident Management Team

Posted at 4:00 p.m.

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08/12/09 CUA to Provide Seasonal Flu Vaccine

Over the past few months there has been much in the news regarding the H1N1 virus (aka “swine flu”) as well as concern about the possibility that this year’s flu season will be worse than usual. Catholic University’s Incident Management Team (IMT) follows the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations on ways to prevent seasonal flu.

Catholic University’s IMT is led by Dr. Loretta Staudt, medical director of Student Health Services (SHS). Other IMT members include Thomasine Johnson, director of public safety; Louis Alar, director of environmental health and safety; and Suzanne Felder, director of SHS.

The single most effective way to protect against the flu is to get vaccinated each year, according to the CDC. As in previous years, SHS will be administering seasonal flu vaccines. SHS will have multiple on-campus “clinics,” where students can get the seasonal flu vaccine on a walk-in basis. The cost can be charged to the student’s account. Students are reminded to check the SHS Web site at http://health.cua.edu/ for dates and locations of the clinics.

 

Seasonal flu vaccine does not prevent the H1N1 virus. The H1N1 vaccine is still in development. It is expected that the vaccine will be administered beginning in the fall, according to the CDC. It is not clear yet how the vaccine will be allocated. The IMT is monitoring the vaccine’s availability and CDC recommendations on a daily basis.

CUA’s Office of Human Resources will make regular seasonal flu vaccines available on campus for CUA faculty and staff at a time to be announced later.

Take note of the following recommendations from the CDC for preventing seasonal flu.

1. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.

2. If possible, stay home from work and school and avoid doing errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.

3. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.

4. Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs.

5. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose or mouth.

6. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.

Additional information can be found at www.flu.gov.

CUA’s Incident Management Team

Posted at 3:00 p.m.

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06/26/09 Update on Aftermath of Metrorail Collision

Red Line service will continue to be impacted on Friday, June 26, while inspections continue between the Fort Totten and Takoma Metrorail stations as a result of the fatal collision on the Red Line on Monday. As far as commuters are concerned, Metro reports that:

Red Line trains will take turns sharing one track between the Takoma and Fort Totten Metrorail stations during the morning and afternoon rush periods, but during mid-day and late night, several areas will be shut down.

“Single tracking,” when trains will take turns sharing the track, will take place until 10 a.m. and from 3 to 10 p.m., when trains will service the Glenmont side of the track at Fort Totten.

Service will be temporarily halted between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and then again after 10 p.m. to allow the National Transportation Safety Board and Metro’s internal accident investigation team to continue to search for the cause of Monday’s accident. During that time, Red Line trains will operate between the Glenmont and Silver Spring Metrorail stations and between the Shady Grove and Fort Totten Metrorail stations. This means that the Takoma Metrorail station will be closed mid-day and after 10 p.m.

The trains will be restricted to a maximum speed of 35 miles per hour along the Red Line the entire day. Trains passing through the accident zone will pass through at significantly slower speed, especially between 8 and 10 p.m.

Free Metrobus shuttles will be available throughout the day to help move customers between the Silver Spring, Takoma and Fort Totten Metrorail stations. Riders can expect long waits for buses.

To assist in the commute, the university has relaxed parking restrictions on campus for the remainder of the week ending on Friday, June 26. In addition, the university shuttle bus service from the Brookland-CUA station to destinations on campus will run until 10:30 a.m. through Friday as well.

Office of Public Affairs

Posted 9:10 a.m.

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06/25/09 Update on Aftermath of Metrorail Collision

The Red Line of the Metrorail system continues to be affected Thursday, June 25, by Monday’s accident on the Red Line. As far as commuters are concerned, Metro reports that:

Red Line trains will take turns sharing one track between the Takoma and Fort Totten Metrorail stations until 10 a.m. and from 3 to 10 p.m. Trains will service the Glenmont side of the track at Fort Totten.

Service will be temporarily halted between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and after 10 p.m. to allow the National Transportation Safety Board to continue testing and its investigation of Monday’s accident. During that time, Red Line trains will operate between the Glenmont and Silver Spring Metrorail stations and between the Shady Grove and Fort Totten Metrorail stations.

Free Metrobus shuttles will be available throughout the day to help move customers between the Silver Spring, Takoma, Fort Totten and Rhode Island Ave-Brentwood Metrorail stations. People can expect long waits for buses.

To assist in the commute, the university has relaxed parking restrictions on campus for the remainder of the week ending on Friday, June 26. In addition, the university shuttle bus service from the Brookland-CUA station to destinations on campus will run until 10:30 a.m. through Friday as well.

If you need additional information concerning Metrorail service, please consult the Metrorail Web site at: http://www.wmata.com.

Office of Public Affairs

Posted 9:40 a.m.

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06/25/09 Influenza Update

A CUA student residing at Theological College was admitted June 23 to a local hospital with possible H1N1 influenza. Tests for influenza A were positive but the confirmatory H1N1 tests are pending and will not be available for at least a week. The university will keep the CUA community informed of any developments regarding the incidence of H1N1 influenza at Theological College.

Catholic University reminds everyone that best practices regarding the spread of flu include frequent hand washing and covering the mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing. Swine flu may be spread through personal contact when coughing or sneezing. Symptoms of swine flu include fever over 100.5, cough, sore throat, body aches and sometimes nausea and vomiting. People who are ill with fever, cough and/or body aches are urged to avoid public areas and crowds.

CUA students who are experiencing these symptoms should visit Student Health Services (SHS) or follow SHS’ after-hours instructions if the clinic is closed: http://health.cua.edu/afterhours.cfm. Additional information regarding H1N1 is available at the following Web sites: http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/qa.htm and http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/sick.htm

Office of Public Affairs

Posted 10:00 a.m.

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06/24/09 Update on Aftermath of Metrorail Collision

As of 7 a.m. on Wednesday, June 24, university officials were aware of only one member of the CUA community who was involved in Monday's Washington, D.C., Metro train collision. Fortunately, that individual did not sustain serious injury.

As far as commuters are concerned, Metro reports that:

Red Line riders should add additional travel time for their Wednesday commute.

Red Line service will continue to be impacted on Wednesday, June 24, as a result of a fatal collision on the Red Line on Monday, June 22, between the Fort Totten and Takoma Metrorail stations.

The Red Line will operate in two sections on Wednesday. Trains will run between the Glenmont and Silver Spring Metrorail stations and between the Shady Grove and Fort Totten Metrorail stations. Trains will be running about eight to 10 minutes apart. Trains are expected to be very crowded. The Takoma Metrorail station will remain closed to Red Line traffic. The Green and Yellow lines will operate normal service through Fort Totten Metrorail station.

Free Metrobus shuttles will be available to take customers around the incident between the Silver Spring, Fort Totten and Takoma Metrorail stations.

To assist in the commute, the university has relaxed parking restrictions on campus for the remainder of the week ending on Friday, June 26. In addition, The campus shuttle bus service from the Brookland-CUA station to destinations on campus will run until 10:30 a.m. through Friday as well.

If you need additional information concerning Metrorail service, please consult the Metrorail Web site at: http://www.wmata.com

Office of Public Affairs

Posted 8:36 a.m. ******************************************** 06/23/09 CUA Responds to Metro Train Accident As of 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 23, university officials were not aware of any member of the CUA community who was involved in yesterday's Washington, D.C., Metro train collision. However, as this incident has caused major commuter problems for the entire D.C., area, the university has relaxed parking restrictions on campus for June 23 and June 24. The Brookland-CUA Metro station will be closed until the investigation regarding Monday’s accident is concluded. Metro will provide free Metrobus shuttles to take customers around the incident between the Silver Spring, Fort Totten, Brookland-CUA, Rhode Island Avenue-Brentwood and Georgia Avenue-Petworth Metrorail stations. Long waits should be expected. The campus shuttle bus service from the Brookland-CUA station to destinations on campus will run until 10:30 a.m. For additional information about Metro shuttle services, please consult the Metrorail Web site at: www.wmata.com. Office of Public Affairs Posted 5 p.m.

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05/04/09 Swine Flu Update

CUA’s Incident Management Team met this morning to review the latest developments in the swine flu (H1N1) situation.

One new development since last week is that suspected cases of swine flu have now been identified in Washington, D.C.

A Howard University student has been classified as a probable case of H1N1 influenza after international travel in April. The student has recovered, but has been isolated while officials await results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The George Washington University is reporting that two students believed to have been sickened by H1N1 are no longer contagious, according to a determination by the DC Department of Health. They have recovered fully following treatment with anti-viral medication.

Over the weekend, two CUA students were transported to Washington Hospital Center for unspecified illnesses; these incidents were not related to the influenza outbreak. CUA continues to have no suspected cases of H1N1.

Office of Public Affairs
Posted 3:55 p.m.

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05/01/09 Swine Flu Update

Consistent with Catholic University’s Emergency Management Plan, an incident management team has been meeting daily since Monday, April 27, to discuss reports of swine flu in the United States. The team is headed by a physician, and includes administrators from CUA’s offices of public safety and environmental health and safety. As of this morning, there have been no reports of suspected swine flu cases on The Catholic University of America campus or elsewhere in Washington, D.C.

Members of the incident management team have been in contact with D.C. health department officials and have been monitoring updates on a regular basis on the Centers for Disease Control Web sites. The university is following recommendations from both local and federal authorities with regards to taking proactive steps toward preventing and preparing for instances of swine flu.

In accordance with CDC recommendations, the team has recommended that university travel to areas affected by a CDC travel health warning, such as Mexico, be suspended. If a student goes on personal travel to such an area, they need to report to CUA’s Student Health Services before returning to campus. If CUA employees engage in such travel, it is strongly recommended they see their personal health care provider before returning to work.

Since the beginning of the week, the university has implemented enhanced cleaning of high traffic areas, including residence halls, the athletic and fitness centers and the university center. University staff members have verified that hand sanitizers and soap dispensers are working and full and that information on proper hand-washing is posted in the restrooms and online.

The university reminds everyone that best practices regarding the spread of flu include frequent hand washing and covering the mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing. Swine flu may be spread through personal contact when coughing or sneezing. Symptoms of swine flu include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and sometimes nausea and vomiting. People who are ill with fever, cough and/or body aches are urged to avoid public areas and crowds.

If a student is experiencing the symptoms listed above and has traveled recently to a high risk area, they need to contact Student Health Services. If a faculty or staff member has concerns, they should contact their health care provider. Attached are links for additional information.

http://newsroom.dc.gov/show.aspx?agency=doh§ion=17&release=16843&year=2009&file=file.aspx%2frelease%2f16843%2fSwineFlufactsheet.pdf
http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/
http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/contentswinefluUS.aspx
http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/swineflu_you.htm
Office of Public Affairs
Posted 2:35 p.m.

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04/29/09 - Following Repairs and Test, Opus Hall Fire Alarm Is Judged Operational

The contractors working on the Opus Hall fire alarm advised Catholic University’s Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) on the afternoon of April 28 that they had completed repairs on the system and stated that it was ready for testing. EHS engaged Schirmer Engineering Fire Protection consultants to review the repairs and witness the test as a third party independent resource.

Representatives from EHS, the Office of Facilities Maintenance and Operations (FMO) and Schirmer Engineering met this morning with the contractors. After a review of the system and the repairs that had been made, a test of the system was conducted. The test was successful and the fire alarm is fully operational.

All parties agreed that it was appropriate for the fire watch to be discontinued immediately and for operations to return to normal. The contractor will continue to monitor the status of the fire alarm on a regular basis. EHS will share Schirmer Engineering’s test documentation with and FMO and CUA’s Office of Facilities Planning and Construction.

Office of Environmental Health and Safety
Posted 2:35 p.m.

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04/28/09 - Information on Swine Flu

On April 25, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of swine flu in a number of countries, especially Mexico, to be a public health emergency of international concern. The following day, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Centers for Disease Control announced a public health emergency in the United States. At present, symptoms of those who have been infected in the United States are mild and there have been no reported cases in the Washington, DC, area or in the surrounding states of Virginia and Maryland. It should be noted that individuals who received the influenza vaccine are NOT protected.

The signs and symptoms of swine flu include:

Fever
Cough
Sore throat
Body aches
Headache
Chills
Fatigue
In some cases, diarrhea and vomiting
Influenza is thought to spread mainly person-to-person through coughing or sneezing of infected people.

The following preventive measures are recommended for avoiding swine flu and other types of influenza:

Cover nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. Dispose of any tissue immediately after use.
Wash hands often with soap and water and/or use alcohol-based hands cleaners.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
Avoid close contact with sick people.
If you are sick, stay away from class or workplace. Contact Student Health Services or your health care provider.
If you are contemplating a trip abroad, see http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/contentswinefluUS.aspx.

For more information on swine flu, visit http://www.cdc.gov/swineflu/swineflu_you.htm.

Office of Public Affairs

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04/23/09 Opus Hall Fire Alarm Information

Since the recent fire extinguisher incident in Opus Hall, CUA facilities staff and the building contractors have conducted additional fire alarm tests to verify the integrity of the system. Upon activation of a fire alarm this afternoon, the alarm did not sound on the majority of floors within Opus Hall. Contractors are on site to resolve the problem.

In accordance with District of Columbia fire codes, the Department of Public Safety activated a fire-watch protocol. That means that the building is constantly patrolled by uniformed personnel, reporting in hourly, with direct radio communication to the Department of Public Safety until further notice. The building is fully protected by a fire sprinkler system that is mechanically activated by heat in the event of a fire.

Office of Environmental Health and Safety
Posted 5:00 p.m.

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04/14/09 Fire Extinguisher Discharged Inside Opus Hall

Shortly before 10:30 p.m. Monday, April 13, a fire extinguisher was discharged inside Opus Hall. The residents of Opus Hall were evacuated. There was no fire or smoke. The fire alarm inside the building was triggered by the discharge of the fire extinguisher.

Catholic University's Office of Environmental Health and Safety and Office of Facilities Maintenance and Operations responded to reports that the fire alarm did not sound in some portions of the building. Representatives of those offices met with CUA's electrical contractor the morning of Tuesday, April 14, to inspect the alarm system. At this time, the system is working properly. Additional testing will be conducted late this afternoon.

Office of Public Affairs
Posted 4:20p.m.

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02/26/09 Emergency Notification System Drill Is Over

Thank you for participating in today’s Emergency Notification System drill, which tested our emergency communication system by rehearsing the shelter-in-place scenario. The drill has concluded.

To assist us in evaluating the drill and being as well prepared as possible for a genuine emergency, we ask you to:

• Complete the online survey located at http://studentvoice.com/cua/emergencydrill09 by 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 27.

• Register for the “Alert DC” system if you are not already a subscriber. To register, visit the “Alert DC” home page (https://textalert.ema.dc.gov).

For more information, contact the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.

Posted 10:47 a.m.

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02/26/09 ATTENTION: Shelter in place drill is underway

ATTENTION: Feb. 26 09 10:33 a.m. This is a drill of CUA’s emergency plan. Shelter in place now. Details to follow.

Office of Public Affairs

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02/11/09 President Convenes Emergency Council

Father David M. O’Connell, C.M., Catholic University president, convened a meeting today of CUA’s Emergency Council, which is composed of the university’s senior leadership and other key administrators. The purpose of the meeting was to review and discuss the university’s emergency response policies and procedures. One of the topics covered by the council was the upcoming campuswide test of the university’s emergency alert system, which will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 26. The president convenes the Emergency Council at least once each year in order to reinforce his vision that the safety of the people who work and study at CUA is of the utmost importance.

Office of Public Affairs

Posted 4:35 p.m.

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02/05/09 Public Safety Message

Dear Student:

You may have heard that a student was robbed yesterday, Feb. 4, at 6:30 p.m. on the service road that runs along the Brookland Metro station. This is the second such incident in the last three weeks in that area. The university asks all students, especially those on South Campus, NOT to use the Metro service road at any time. A few extra steps may spare you a very unpleasant experience.

To address the recent robberies, the university has taken the following measures:

1. Effective today, the public safety officer assigned to that area will patrol the access road area every hour on the hour.

2. Effective today, the officer from City Security (the firm CUA contracts with for supplementary public safety support) assigned to the Metro on John McCormack Road will walk a patrol beat from the front of the Metro to the access road every half hour.

3. The Department of Public Safety supervisor will monitor this strategy and assist by patrolling the area with high visibility lights activated on the patrol vehicle.

We have also requested assistance from the Metropolitan Police Department for heightened presence in the area and assistance from Bennett Babies Daycare (which is located near the service road) for increased lighting along the parking lot.

Whenever you travel on foot off campus, especially at night, you should follow safety precautions, including the following:

· Stay alert at all times.

· Listen to your surroundings.

· Notify the campus police of any suspicious persons or activity.

· Know the location of the emergency telephones.

Sincerely,

Thomasine Johnson
Director of Public Safety

Posted: 1:00 p.m.

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02/02/09 Norovirus Outbreak is Over

This morning, the District of Columbia Department of Health advised Catholic University Student Health Services that the norovirus outbreak can be considered over at CUA since there have not been any new patients with these symptoms since Wednesday, January, 28, 2009. DOH’s official report is expected in 7-10 days.

Between Jan. 21 and Jan 28, a total of 36 students reported symptoms consistent with norovirus including nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

University officials had earlier been informed that the outbreak could be considered to have ended if no new patients exhibiting symptoms of norovirus were recorded for at least 72 hours. As of Monday afternoon, more than 100 hours had elapsed since the last known case was reported.

Though the norovirus event has concluded, members of The Catholic University of America community are reminded that flu season is upon us. To minimize the chances of contracting flu, everyone is advised to continue to use good hygiene, to be vigilant about hand washing, to not share eating utensils, and to refrain from group activities, if they are ill. As always, students with illnesses are advised to call Student Health Services at 202-319-5744 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.. When Student Health Services is closed, an on-call physician is available for consultation by calling 202-269-7000.

Office of Public Affairs
Posted at 2:53 p.m.

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01/26/09 Norovirus Confirmed as Cause of Students' Illness

The District of Columbia Department of Health informed Catholic University Student Health Services this afternoon that initial test results indicate that the recent gastrointestinal illness being experienced by some CUA students is caused by norovirus. Since the first student was treated late in the evening on Jan. 21, 36 students have reported symptoms including nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

While all the known instances of the illness have occurred among the student population, all members of the campus community are asked to be attentive to this outbreak and to follow recommendations for containing it that are outlined in the Web sites indicated at the end of this message. In particular, we would like to remind all students to be vigilant about hand washing, to not share eating utensils, and to refrain from group activities, if they are ill.

Since last Thursday, Jan. 22, the university’s Custodial and Special Event Services staff have focused additional cleaning and sanitization efforts on targeted buildings frequented by students. CUA’s Dining Services has also implemented a series of precautionary sanitization measures.

Students who develop symptoms are advised to follow the suggestions on the Student Health Services Web site at http://health.cua.edu/selfhelp/Nausea.cfm or call Student Health Services at 202-319-5744 to make an appointment. If you are experiencing extreme dizziness, lightheadedness, increased abdominal pain, or blood in the vomit or stool, you may need to be seen in the emergency room. Please call Student Health Services between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. before heading to the emergency room. When Student Health Services is closed, an on-call physician is available for consultation by calling 202-269-7000. Calling the after-hour physician is always recommended before heading directly to the emergency room. The operator will take your information and have the doctor call you.

Additional Resources:
www.cdc.gov - http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/revb/gastro/norovirus.htm
www.doh.dc.gov - http://www.doh.dc.gov/doh/cwp/view,a,1370,q,602626.asp

Updated 01/29/09

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01/23/09 Student Health Services Advises Vigilant Hand Washing

Student Health Services has reported that, at this time, 19 undergraduate students have shown symptoms of nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Since any gastrointestinal illness can be contagious, we would like to remind all students to be vigilant about hand washing, to not share eating utensils, and to refrain from group activities, if they are ill.

If you develop symptoms, follow the suggestions on the Student Health Services Web site at http://health.cua.edu/selfhelp/Nausea.cfm or call Student Health Services at 202-319-5744 to make an appointment. If you are experiencing extreme dizziness, lightheadedness, increased abdominal pain, or blood in the vomit or stool, you may need to be seen in the emergency room. Please call Student Health Services between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. before heading to the emergency room. When Student Health Services is closed, an on-call physician is available for consultation by calling 202-269-7000. Calling the after-hour physician is always recommended before heading directly to the emergency room. The operator will take your information and have the doctor call you.

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01/14/09 Information on Inauguration and March for Life

The historic inauguration of Barack Obama on Tuesday, Jan. 20, as the first African-American president of the United States, is expected to draw enormous crowds, larger than any ever experienced for a Presidential Inauguration, to Washington, D.C.

Next week will also be the occasion for two other important events – the annual Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, Jan. 19, and the annual March for Life on Thursday, Jan. 22.

Catholic University will be closed on Monday, Jan. 19, and Tuesday, Jan. 20. The university will be open and operating on a normal schedule the other three days of the week (Wednesday, Jan. 21, through Friday, Jan. 23).

The purpose of this message is twofold:

• To make the CUA community aware of the transportation (parking and traffic) implications of the Presidential Inauguration and March for Life activities.

• To provide a useful reference to the campus community as to what is open and what is closed on campus on Jan. 19 and Jan. 20.

TRANSPORTATION IMPLICATIONS

Please keep in mind the following:

• University rules and regulations for parking will be enforced on Inauguration Day and throughout the week. Excerpts from those regulations are listed at the end of this message, together with specific information for those students who are authorized to have an overnight guest on campus and wish to obtain a parking permit for that individual. Please be aware that the Department of Public Safety will exercise routine patrol strategies with an increased presence.

• Employees are encouraged to allow extra time for their Wednesday morning commute to campus. Thousands of buses and other vehicles will be departing the Washington metropolitan area following the Inauguration and this may lead to greater than normal congestion Wednesday on the major transportation arteries of the D.C. region.

• This year we will host up to 1,600 students and their chaperones who will arrive on campus on Wednesday, Jan. 21, for the March for Life on the following day. The influx of many thousands of marchers may lead to traffic congestion in and around campus on Wednesday and Thursday, and may generally affect the morning and afternoon commute for employees.

WHAT’S OPEN/WHAT’S CLOSED

The information below covers Monday (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) and Tuesday (Inauguration Day). It also notes changes being made on Thursday (March for Life day) to accommodate pro-life marchers who will be staying on campus.

Mullen Library
Monday, Jan. 19 – closed
Tuesday, Jan. 20 – closed

DuFour Center
Monday, Jan. 19 – open 4 to 10 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 20 – open 4 to 10 p.m.

NOTE: The DuFour Center Gym will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 21, to accommodate participants in the March for Life who will be sleeping on the gym floor. The DuFour Center itself will remain open that day, however.

Kane Fitness Center
Monday, Jan. 19 – open 12 to 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 20 – open 12 to 6 p.m.

Pryzbyla Center

NOTE: For those wishing to purchase food and beverages before embarking early from campus to the Inauguration festivities on Tuesday, the Pryzbyla Center will open an hour early, at 6 a.m. Starbucks and the Loft Convenience Store will open at that time as well.

Monday, Jan. 19 – open 7 a.m. to midnight
Tuesday, Jan. 20 – open 6 a.m. to midnight

Dining Services

Monday, Jan. 19
Loft Convenience Store open noon to midnight
Starbucks open 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Student Restaurant open 8:30 a.m. to midnight
Food Court closed
Law School Café closed
Leahy Java City Kiosk closed

Tuesday, Jan. 20
Loft Convenience Store open 6 a.m. to midnight
Starbucks open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Student Restaurant open 8:30 a.m. to midnight
Food Court closed
Law School Café closed
Leahy Java City Kiosk closed

NOTE: On Thursday, Jan. 22, the Food Court will open to the public at 9 a.m., instead of 7:30 a.m. From 7:30 to 9 a.m. the Food Court will be reserved for guests participating in the March for Life.

Bookstore

Monday, Jan. 19 – open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 20 – closed

PARKING RULES AND REGULATIONS

Below are excerpts from the campus Traffic and Parking Regulations, amended to include information pertinent to Inauguration Day.

• Parking permits are required to park at The Catholic University of America 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

• Permits may be purchased at the Campus Transportation Management and Identification Office located in 121 Leahy Hall. Normal business hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (NOTE: This office will be closed on Monday, Jan. 19, and Tuesday, Jan. 20).

• Information on the cost of permits may be obtained by visiting the Department of Public Safety Web site at http://publicsafety.cua.edu/ or by contacting the Campus Transportation Management and Identification Office at 202-319-5113.

• Handicapped parking is available throughout the university campus. Vehicles displaying valid state or District of Columbia issued handicapped license tags and/or window placards identifying the driver or passenger as handicapped will be authorized to park in designated handicapped spaces.

• Visitors may park in metered parking spaces or they may obtain a visitor’s parking hangtag permit from the Campus Transportation Management and Identification Office.

• Resident student GUEST permits are available at the dispatcher’s desk, Department of Public Safety, in 120 Leahy Hall. They are issued to the resident after he/she presents a CUA Inauguration Guest Pass (issued by Residence Life), proper identification and the required information on the guest’s vehicle. Both the host and the guest must be present in order to obtain a guest permit.

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