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Additional action steps to battle COVID-19

“This is a moment for every Buckeye to help turn the tide,” President Johnson says in campus-wide message

President Kristina M. Johnson sent the following email to The Ohio State University community today (Nov. 19).

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

Surging cases of COVID-19 across Ohio have prompted a statewide curfew, a stay-at-home advisory in the Columbus area, and the declaration that Franklin County has gone purple — reflecting “severe” exposure and spread of the virus.

This is a moment for every Buckeye to help turn the tide. To that end, the university is implementing these additional action steps:

  1. Instruction: Effective Friday, November 20 at 6 p.m., in-person classes will be moved to online or other forms of remote instruction. Exceptions where in-person instruction is permitted include clinical programs conducted under approved safety protocols as well as laboratory, studio and performance classes. Students should check with their instructors about alternative plans for in-person courses, and professors who need assistance with different delivery modes should contact their academic department. Any clinical programs that change teaching modality should inform the Office of Academic Affairs.
  2. Work: Any employee who can telework should do so starting immediately, after coordinating with your supervisor. This will enhance safety measures for those who must be on our campuses. The Office of Human Resources website has information available about telework options as well as leave programs for faculty and staff during the COVID-19 state of emergency.
  3. Curfew: Consistent with the statewide curfew issued by the governor, all students, faculty and staff should be in their homes between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless they have essential work or other responsibilities allowed. Campus facilities, including dining halls, recreational facilities and the Ohio Union, will close by 9:30 p.m. or earlier; please check websites for updated hours before visiting. University Libraries will offer contactless services after today, so buildings will be closed to the public.
  4. Stay at home: Under the public health advisory issued by Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health, effective 6 p.m., Friday, November 20, everyone in Franklin County should stay at home except for taking part in essential activities. Please follow public health guidance on size of gatherings. 

Details of the university’s response to public health orders and advisories are listed on the Safe and Healthy Buckeyes website.

These steps are on top of the basics: Remember to wear a mask, wash your hands and stay at least 6 feet apart from others. 

Finally, let’s all remember to take care of one another. We must follow the COVID-19 safety requirements but we also need to tend to all other aspects of wellness, including our emotional and mental health. Please use the wellness resources available for the Ohio State community. 

Thank you for taking care of yourself, your family, friends and fellow Buckeyes. 

Stay safe,

Kristina M. Johnson, PhD

COVID-19 Resources
Safe and Healthy Buckeyes information and guidance
Testing resources for students
Resources for faculty
Resources for COVID-19 research
Resources for students
Resources for staff

Wellness Resources

Safe and Healthy Buckeyes - mental health and wellness 
• Faculty and staff can use the Human Resources Keep Well website, the Chief Wellness Officer Health and Wellness page and Your Plan For Health.
• Students can use the Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS) and the Buckeye Peer Access Line (PAL), which operates Monday through Friday from 8 p.m. to midnight.
• CCS also provides guidance for ways for faculty and staff to support students.• The Ohio State: Wellness app is designed for students but offers tips and guidance useful for all members of our community. It is available for Android and iOS devices.

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