March 6, 2020
Dear VU Colleagues, Students, and Stakeholders:
Vincennes University’s leadership wants to make you aware that
Governor Eric J. Holcomb and the Indiana State Department of Health
(ISDH) announced today the first presumptive positive case of
COVID-19, and that Gov. Holcomb issued a public health emergency declaration.
The public health emergency declaration Gov. Holcomb issued today
will call on state agencies to continue their diligence and
cooperation in responding to COVID-19 and ensures that Indiana can
seek funding to control and stop the spread of coronavirus.
The declaration is posted at www.in.gov/gov.
Please rest assured, VU’s administration is continuing to closely
monitor the situation and all pertinent information and communications.
As previously announced, the VU Executive Team is receiving briefings
and the University will continue to share relevant information for
minimizing the potential impact of COVID-19 at VU. VU’s Emergency
Management Planning Committee, under the leadership of Interim
Assistant Provost Lynn White, has met and has reviewed advisories from
the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other agencies to determine
strategies for managing a possible outbreak at VU. A special COVID-19
subcommittee has been established to refine strategies and plans for
communicating about virus prevention and to draft plans for responding
to a potential outbreak at VU.
Chuck Johnson, Ph.D.